For many writers, having a full-time is a pain and a tragic waste of time. We wish we could just get up, and walk into our home office and write for endless hours. That would be nice of course, but for most writers, unless they win the lottery, cannot jettison their full-time job.
As I was reflecting on this, I realized that there are many benefits to having my full-time job. It has actually helped me write more as opposed to less. I still teach over 30 hours a week! And I still get a LOT of writing done. And I don’t think that I am the most super organized person on earth either.
Here are a few of the benefits of working full-time and writing.
• You won’ have to worry about paying the bills—this can take a lot of time and energy. When you have a job, you will be paying your bills.
• You can afford to take professional development classes. These are all necessary in order to get better as a writer.
• You will experience less stress because you will have a steady pay check which frees you from worrying whether or not you could pay the bills.
• You will be able to afford nice paper and writing supplies and a good computer. All of these things are necessary if you are to become a successful writer.
• More importantly, you will be able to manage your time more effectively. If you have a day job, you don’t have all day to write. So, you will do the best that you can to make sure that you schedule your writing time and complete it.
• If you work in a marketing or public relations department, you can use these abilities to market your own writing.
• Since you are not dependent on your writing as a way to pay your household bills, you can write what you really want to write. You don’t have to worry about making money.
Given these benefits, it is not a bad thing to have a day job. It can give you structure, and you can be even more successful as a writer. And not having bills to worry about, you can devote all of your energies outside of your full-time job to write. What a bonus!
Irene S. Roth, MA
Author, Editor, and Freelance Writer