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The Day Jobs That Inspired Famous Authors

I’ve written on this topic before, but I think this infographic does an even better job of summarizing the whole thing up.

I think the writing profession, particularly novelists, is overly romanticized. We imagine these men and women sipping bourbon on the porch of a mountain cabin while crafting their next famous novel. They don’t do anything other than write. That’s their job. That’s what they do.

But the reality is that a lot of authors, even the most famous ones from the past, were working nine-to-fives during the day to pay the bills, while working on their novels at night. On the other hand, day jobs also provided these authors with experiences that would inspire their novels.

This infographic from AdZuna does a nice job of showing how (and if) some famous authors were inspired by their day-to-day work.

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  1. Moti #

    Very, very interesting and enlightening.

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    December 2, 2015
  2. I agree with you…

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    December 2, 2015
  3. My day job–physical therapist–definitely filters into my writing. It’s amazing how dedicated writers are while holding down full time jobs. Plus a million other commitments. Go writers!

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    December 2, 2015
  4. Artists almost always need a job. Interesting to read about these authors and their real livelihood.

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    December 2, 2015
  5. Two famous novelists wrote on trains as they commuted to their day jobs: Anthony Trollope (who worked for the Postal Service) and Scott Trurow (who was – maybe still is – a practicing lawyer).

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    December 2, 2015
  6. Reblogged this on judithlesleymarshall and commented:
    Interesting post about the day jobs that have inspired writers.

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    December 2, 2015
  7. I like Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s entry the best. Sell the car, rack up debt, write a masterpiece. Maybe I should take the hint… but I already sold my car and am too far in debt to go deeper… Damn

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    December 2, 2015
  8. I love the commitment! Also the fact that writers are everyday people. Like us. I once had a neighbour, James Christie, who is a writer but then he was working for NHS I believe. Previously, he worked on cataloguing a private library in a famous house that I forgot the name of. He was a very funny man!

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    December 3, 2015
  9. Love infographics, but this one is particularly lovely. I can’t help but feel a tiny bit reassured as a former teacher who quit to focus on writing, that others have made the leap of faith before me. Stephen King has a great section in his book On Writing, that more fully explains his decision to leave the world of public education.

    For more fun with literature, check out aliteralinterpretation.wordpress.com. I think you’ll like it.

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    December 4, 2015
  10. nishatfelix #

    nice!

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    December 8, 2015
    • Dhruv #

      You can download some of these books from my blog for free…
      Bookiewordpress.wordpress.com…
      Cheers!!

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      January 23, 2016
  11. chatebooks #

    I absolutely agree with you…

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    December 15, 2015
  12. Meghana #

    Among all the top mentioned books One Book for Life Success is the best inspirational book because i had already gone through this book.I got inspired & motivated through many concepts in this book.

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    December 21, 2015
  13. Dhruv #

    You can download some of these interesting books from my blog bookiewordpress.wordpress.com

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    January 23, 2016

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