So often in the world of blogging, one finds that someone else has made one's points better than one.
That sentence sounds clumsy. Let me try again.
So often in the world of blogging, I find that someone else has made my points better than me.
Claire Hennessy has a great series of posts on day jobs and writers, which can be found here. The final post has a great series of questions about choosing a day job that works for you, both as a writer and as a person, which is worth reading.
There is another question about writing and day jobs that I want to address, though, and it's a big one. Especially for those of us in our twenties and thirties, not long out of education and still building a career rather than riding the wave.
That question is where to direct your priorities - towards the day job? Or towards writing?
When I was in college, a salary of €16,000 a year sounded like more money than I could ever spend. I now know that for a young professional in Dublin, it's a challenge to live well on that. It means public transport, it means cheaper food, it means nights out in the local pub on Student Night rather than a going to a restaurant with your friends.
As I get older, I know that my needs will increase more and more. At the moment I don't own a home, for example. My healthcare costs are minimal. These things will change, and my income needs to change with it. I don't want to live like a twenty-year-old when I'm forty (although obviously I will still resemble one. AHEM).
And the question arises of whether it makes more sense to prioritise writing (with the knowledge that it may always remain a second income, but nevertheless with the intention of turning it into an income), or to prioritse advancement in the day job. Free time is precious - should it be spent writing or taking a night class in Accountacy, or Marketing, or Advanced German for Unadvanced Students?
I don't know the answer, but I'd be interested to hear how some of you guys have made your decisions, or tried to.