Scot McKnight has a post from an Australian source on the Day Jobs of 20 Famous Writers. Most of these seem to be what the writers were doing before they were able to make a living just from their writing. I could list more examples of day jobs that writers held even after they became successful: Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive; Geoffrey Chaucer and Nathaniel Hawthorne were both customs officials; countless writers today are teachers or pastors or manual laborers.
Day jobs are not just for authors. Artists and musicians often support themselves primarily by teaching.
The fact is, it’s hard to make a living by writing or artistic pursuits. That’s the nature of those particular callings.
We’ve got to remember that the doctrine of vocation is NOT primarily about making a living, despite the secular uses of that term. It’s mainly about the various neighbors that God puts into your life and calls you to love and serve. [Read more…]