Writers, what’s your day job?

Discussion in 'Story Readers & Writers Dialogue Board' started by Starling, Jan 31, 2019.

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    I’m mostly curious what my favorite authors do when they’re not on Dims, and whether they write in “real life”. I’m a copywriter for a popular retail company by day, but corporate sellout writing is hardly the same thing as what I post here. How about you all?
     
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    I haven't written anything for Dimensions in years, but illI answer anyway: electrical engineer by training, doing operations and quality management at technology companies. In other words I write the occasional procedure or power point presentation, but nothing remotely creative (unless one counts certain corrective action reports ... )
     
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    I work in theater and I’m a published writer too.
     
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    I've not shared on Dimensions in a very long time.

    I'm a professional nerd, a Database Programming Error Control Specialist. I find errors that arise LOL
     
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    I haven't written anything here. All my work is on deviantArt, but my day job is driving a truck.
     
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    I have been posting a story called Second Chances. My "day job" is a cross country truck driver. I only have access to a pc every week and a half or so. So I post more chapters when I can. Not too easy to type 1000 words in one stitting on a smartphone. Lol!
     
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    Fine, I’ll bite. I’m an undergraduate student in real life. I’m cautious to share details about my life because I value my anonymity on here, but I will say that I have been trying (keyword trying) to get started as a “real writer” in the field that I’m majoring in. As I’m sure you know, though, it’s hard to get work as a writer. So, do I write non-fetish things? Yes. Can I rely on them as a source of income? No, absolutely not.
     
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    As mentioned in my earlier post, I’m a published writer (non-fetish). I went the self-publish route which worked out fairly well. You might want to consider self publishing. A bit of advice. ;)
     
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    Shh! You may be interested in an American historian Margaret Coel her website margaretcoel.com she is a writer of fiction and non fiction. The city of Boulder Colorado did an open mike session with her and I found it the most interesting road map to her success, she is now in her early eighties but as sharp as they come.
    As an aspiring writer this might interest you, she is not pretentious at all and shares all about how she got started and how she deals with the business and technology as a writer.
     
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    I've self-published non-fetish novels as well, but it seems to me that, without a whole lot of promotion on social media, one is doomed to remain obscure. I keep my fingers crossed for you, though, as I totally know what you're going through.
     
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    @Shh! Don’t tell! - I’m genuinely impressed that your stories are so sophisticated and nuanced at such an (I’m assuming) young age.

    Hacking it out as a successful fiction writer is of course extraordinarily difficult, but there are any number of paths to take that allow you to write for a living and make a decent go of it - even if the writing isn’t quite what you had in mind.
     
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    You'll be pleased to know that I neither write nor work. =p

    Seriously though, I write "fanfic"ish sort of things that wouldn't be allowed here, but you can find a few on my dA (smile-flight). I do draw too. I'm disabled so I don't have a day job, though I do volunteer at a charity farm in the city.
     
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    *Pushes up glasses, puts away the old Pascal compiler*
    Should I use the Nerd word?
     
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    Just turn your computer off and back on again =p
     
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    That's a hardware problem. I'm in software, and from the looks of the output, it's not in my wheelhouse to fix.
     

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