The Old Soldier is here to give you some tough love based on my decades of writing experience. So, you want to be a writer. You want to get published and get paid. Don’t we all.
But, my brother and sister writers, the bleak facts are that 99.9% of writers never make a living at writing even in this digital age of self-publication.
Now this does not mean you can’t make money as a writer. It just means you have to find a job to support your writing habit.
What is the best kind of job for a writer to have? Waitress? Waiter? Stripper? Garbage man or woman? Cab driver? Nurse? Doctor? Hairdresser? Oil rig worker? Teacher? Professor? Bartender? Soldier or sailor? Police man or woman? Fast food worker? Housewife? Househusband? Politician? Porn actress? Dishwasher? Janitor? Dental assistant?
It really doesn’t matter what kind of job you have as long as it supports you and allows you to keep writing. But if you have a job that you like (maybe even love) you are a very lucky writer indeed. In my opinion, it should be a writer’s life-time goal to find a job that he or she likes, maybe even loves.
Plus, any job will provide you with raw material for your fiction.
This is the Old Soldier reporting for Pittsburgh’s #1 magazine of erotic flash fiction and nude female celebrities.
Vietnam War Veteran