Hammering_the_Sun-AC4x6In our last writing lesson we discussed the fact that perseverance is the key to successful writing. Today I thought we should take perseverance a step further.

Lesson 2: Don’t quit your day job too soon.

Trust me when I say this. The funky thing about this profession is that sometimes it is financially profitable and sometimes it is not. This is one reason why most writers start out with a completely different job. John Grisham was a lawyer. J.R.R. Tolkien was a soldier and then a language scholar and professor. I began as a journalist and continue employment as a photographer. In each case we writers use our life experiences to add depth and authenticity to our stories.

The day job—any day job—is essential to inspiring good writing because of the unique experiences and people that the writer encounters while on the clock. After all John Grisham would have been hard-pressed to write The Pelican Brief or The Firm without his prior knowledge as a lawyer. Likewise I would have had a difficult time building the world of Sylvaeleth and its many animal-like characters without the working knowledge I gleaned from studying wildlife management in college, and my various jobs and volunteer work at a zoo, veterinary clinic, and pet store. Use the day job to your advantage. Persevere through it, have fun with it, and learn every aspect of it. We all hope not to have one someday, but use it while you have it.

Until our next meeting, may we each rewrite our world for the better.

🙂 Alycia

P.S. – A reminder: I am still performing reorganization maintenance of the main alyciachristine.com website and on my photography website through the end of September. My goal is to make both sites easier to navigate since I will have a ton of new photos to show you all after my vacation to Alaska!


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