August 27, 2011

Does earning a hint above minimum wage count as selling out?

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I got a job. Not a grown-up job like I was intending, or a steppingstone to further my career as I was hoping, but a place to sit and earn money with other slobs, students and ex-pats without French credentials. You know: my people.

For a year I’ve been writing full-time, spending each and every day in my own company. So far, I’ve got a working draft on my first novel, a few short stories submitted to magazines and a first draft of a novella. I’ve also made a sad habit of wandering around in my underwear and talking to my fridge. What can I say, I get lonely. Then there’s the fact that when one has been earning money from the tender age of fourteen and a half, it’s hard to go from breadwinner to housewife. It brings on a slew of shame and guilt and self-confidence issues (at least for me). So for now, I’m testing this full-time employment thing again.

It doesn’t mean I’ll stop writing, though. Mornings are weekends are made for that, right?

How about you? Does working on the side help bolster your creativity, or suck you dry?



  1. I find that the more I have to do, the more structured my life becomes, and the more I get done. The only caveat here is that if the work leaves me drunk with exhaustion, nothing creatively worthwhile gets done. It’s a balance.

    Comment by CanaryTheFirst — August 27, 2011 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

    • That’s what I hope will be the case for me too. I have pretty sweet hours for that too: I start work at 10.30AM so I can get my writing done before the job sucks out my will to live. Neat, neh?

      Comment by nascentnovelist — August 27, 2011 @ 10:58 pm | Reply

      • That is neat. It’ll also add that extra pressure to get as much down on paper before you have to work. You are one smart writer, you.

        Comment by CanaryTheFirst — August 27, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

      • Wish I could take credit. It’s just because I’m a localization tester and the company I work for collaborates with people in another timezone. But hey, good for them and good for me! Thanks for commenting! πŸ˜€

        Comment by nascentnovelist — August 27, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

  2. Inspiration is an elusive little rascal. Personally I find inspiration in most activities I perform when not writing, that’s usually when I get ideas I later curse myself for not writing down aswell. Everything can be what you make of it, I say.

    Comment by Nemokles — August 27, 2011 @ 11:22 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, I constantly carry a notebook for just that reason. I’ve also been known to steal napkins and write on old receipt paper. Sometimes I worry that people might think me strange. Most of the time I worry more that I’ll lose my idea if I don’t get it down before I try to speak. πŸ˜‰

      Comment by nascentnovelist — August 27, 2011 @ 11:35 pm | Reply

      • I have a ton of small, useless notebooks I’ve bought because I desperately needed to get an idea down before it escaped my head. For some reason I have never mastered the art of writing on napkins. This might derive from the fact that my writing technique hasn’t changed since my days of leaving crayon cave-paintings on the living room walls.

        Comment by Nemokles — August 28, 2011 @ 12:00 am

      • The trick is to stretch them out so they’re flat and tight. That way you can write without ruining the napkin. I learned this from necessity. πŸ˜‰

        Comment by nascentnovelist — August 28, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

  3. Psst. 80% employment is awsome. Having one workday for doing stuff helps alot!

    Are you allowed to post the short stories on here? I’d love to read them.

    Comment by martheglad — August 28, 2011 @ 9:22 am | Reply

    • Yeah. If I could, I’d totally do that. Sadly, this is full-time. It’s pretty mindless though, so that’s good, even if I do get pretty tired after staring at a screen for eight hours. We’ll see how it goes. Nice to be earning money again though.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — August 28, 2011 @ 6:23 pm | Reply

  4. It bolsters my creativity! I enjoy witnessing other folks chatting, chatting with other folks and occasionally running random thoughts by ’em. I think it’s probably a personality thing, though; I know a couple of folks who wouldn’t enjoy these hours away the way I do. It’s just that, post-Japan, it’s important to me to have the time developing relationships with other adults and adult-like humans on a regular, predictable basis. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Deborah the Closet Monster — August 28, 2011 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, I know what you mean. I’ve packed my evenings full of social stuff to make up for the fact that I was working alone all day every day and I still felt a bit lonely. Now I have colleagues! πŸ™‚

      I hope it’ll give me ideas, rather than make me too tired to write. I enjoy being busy, so I think it’ll be good. πŸ™‚

      Comment by nascentnovelist — August 28, 2011 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

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