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.