October 7 question - When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you? What do you think it is supposed to look like? Do you see yourself as a working writer or aspiring or hobbyist, and if latter two, what does that look like?
I'm going to skip this month's question. What something looks like isn't something I think about. Despite being creative and having an overactive imagination, I struggle to imagine how I think something should be. Maybe it's because I know reality versus fantasy never match up so it feels like a waste of time.
This month, my insecurity isn't too bad. I went back to work as a baker at my old job. When I last worked there, it was as a cook and it was a stressful job. Baking is much more laid back. I can set my own hours, and even leave and come back if needed. When I get home, I don't feel like I need a nap and I have be able to work on some writing.
Despite that, I am a little fearful that as time goes on, the job will wear me out and my writing will suffer. The nice thing about not working was I could focus on writing. The downside to that was my book sales are small so I didn't have steady money to put toward book marketing. The job will allow me to do that.
I'm going to have to figure out the balance between work and writing. The only way to do that is trial and error. Do you have to balance writing and a day job? How do you juggle both without wearing yourself out?