It's advice that most of us want to ignore. It's the kind of advice that isn't very popular amongst writers or creatives of any type. We are told (constantly, I might add) that we need to have a job, something to support our writing passions with, and something that pays those damned bills that keep piling up.
In my case, my job is teaching at the collegiate level. Most of my writer friends assume that this job is quite glamorous, as you get to write during your unlimited stretches of downtime. WRONG. So, so, so wrong, folks. Teaching is a f#$%ing job—a job that I'd like to leave behind, but I can't and for many reasons. Teaching is about as writing friendly as any profession or job these days. Yeah, I have free time. Guess what I do during that free time? Yes, I write. Yes, I read. However, if I am completely honest, I spend a good deal of my supposed downtime grading papers and small assignments, checking e-mail and Canvas messages, and sitting in on soul-sucking meetings that usually end up inspiring some of my writing.
If I were you, and I have been in your shoes, so trust me, I would keep my day job. Save the money from writing in a savings account and keep it around for another bill or a trip somewhere or use it to supplement your retirement. Think I’m kidding? I’m not. I’m dead serious—as cliché as that sounds. You need a day job to get away from the writing. Spending too much time in your skull kingdom isn’t healthy for you either. Get that job, young’un. Go forth and work for the man. Earn that shitty paycheck. Then, when you’re about ready to collapse from exhaustion, write. Write like your muse demands.