View Full Version : Day Jobs: Real Ones/Dream Ones

01-20-2009, 07:22 PM
Not sure if this is the place to post this, but it was the best place that came to mind.

If you are not a full-time writer, what is your day job?

What do you think would be a "dream" day job for a part-time writer? I don't mean necessarily what is your dream job, but a job that you think would be good for someone wanting to get their writing career going. Jobs that spawn ideas, jobs that provide enough time off to write, jobs where you could write on the job... things like that.

Day job: Unemployed and frantically looking for ANYTHING.

Dream day job: Taxi driver. How could you fail to fill up the idea tank with a job like that?

01-20-2009, 07:26 PM
Not sure if this is the place to post this, but it was the best place that came to mind.

If you are not a full-time writer, what is your day job?

What do you think would be a "dream" day job for a part-time writer?

Day job: Unemployed and frantically looking for ANYTHING.

Dream day job: Taxi driver. How could you fail to fill up the idea tank with a job like that?

Day job: full-time mom, part time writer, lol

Dream job: I would accept any job right now, but I am looking into schools for Criminal Investigation, Lab specialist...

01-20-2009, 07:41 PM
Day Job: answering and directing phone calls for a large accounting firm, and booking meeting rooms for everyone in the firm. (its enough to suck the creativity out of you, and it has!) and I try to write when ever I can but its difficult to find the time.

Dream Job: survivalist

01-20-2009, 07:43 PM
Day job: Full-time technical writer for a web-based software product.

Dream job: Full-time fiction writer. In the absence of that possibility, I suppose doing the same job I'm doing now, only doing it part-time and from home would be great. It's boring enough to give me lots of time to daydream and the p/t aspect would give me time to write down my ideas; time I don't have right now.

01-20-2009, 07:49 PM
Day job - medical transcriptionist (from home). Lots of opportunity to be creative in one's head while doc after doc drones on and on. Can be coma inducing though...

Dream job - assumming that writing full time is merely a pipe dream, my dream job would be photographer - traveling the world taking breath taking shots for $$$$

01-20-2009, 08:09 PM
Day job: Executive secretary to a physician/division chief at a major hospital

Dream job: I've got it right now. Great boss, reasonable pay, good people, just enough job to stay awake for all day.

Even if I sold, I wouldn't give up the day job. I couldn't afford to give up the bennies and the steady paycheck. It would also be detrimental to my writing, since my day job is pretty much my major contact with the outside world and constant reality check.

01-20-2009, 08:38 PM
Day Job: I work in the marketing department for an IT company.

Kitty Pryde
01-21-2009, 01:36 AM
Day job: science editor for a dietary supplement company

Dream job: One of the following: Full time writer/mom, puppy fuzziness inspector/chocolate tastiness assurance officer, pediatric physical therapist

01-21-2009, 01:43 AM
Day job: Working for a major structural engineering firm.

Dream job: Still being determined.

01-21-2009, 02:55 AM
Day Job: I work in an office for a not-for-profit charity writing reports on the performance of government funded employment programs using Excel. It's dead boring but my boss is in Sydney and no one in my office knows what my job is. So I spend plently of time on AW, writing, blogging and bludging.

Dream job: This changes all of the time but working at a small bookstore, publishing house or library would be nice.

Diamond Lil
01-21-2009, 08:31 AM
Day Job(s): temp agency/secretarial work. Depending on the assignment, it can either inspire amusing scenes in my fiction or drain the life and joy right out of me.

Dream Job: Tour guide/travel writer.

01-21-2009, 08:34 AM
Day Job: efficiency expert

Dream Job: inefficiency expert

01-21-2009, 08:57 AM
Dream job: This changes all of the time but working at a small bookstore... would be nice.

Yeah, it's quaint and charming and appropriate. And low-paying. Really... low-paying... *sob*

Day job: Bookseller.

Dream job for writing: Aside from being a full-time writer (duh) the dream job that would accomodate a writing lifestyle, for me, would be a) wildlife photographer *sigh* or b) editor's assistant. When I worked in a publishing house, I wrote so consistently and with such energy. It fostered my creativity like you wouldn't believe.

01-21-2009, 08:59 AM
Yeah, it's quaint and charming and appropriate. And low-paying. Really... low-paying... *sob*

Day job: Bookseller.

That's my main problem. I'm a crazy spender, so it's a real problem.

But I like my romantic ideas about working in a bookstore, or owning one. In fact, I want to be Bernard Black.

Barb D
01-21-2009, 09:55 AM
Day job: migraine sufferer. Seriously. I have them every friggin' day, and sleep a lot. My good hours are in the late afternoon/evening. (And yes, I've tried every medication/treatment known to man, including electrodes implanted in my head.)

Dream job: the job I'm on disability from: computer scientist. Loved my job. Truly hope to get back to it.

01-21-2009, 10:15 AM
Day job: Right now, long-term unemployment and quickly going down for the third time.
Dream job: Actually, what I've been doing most of my working life is pretty close. I've been a writer/editor for 20 years -- technical, business, science. I guess my dream job would be to stay home and write (and edit) and get a good income doing it. Novels, nonfiction, user guides, short stuff, greeting cards, anything with letters in a row, really.

01-21-2009, 11:29 AM
Current Job: Student. Yeah...

Planned Day Job: Should graduate with MS in Stats and BS in Physics. So...probably doing statistical work somewhere. I want something to pay the bills...and by pay the bills, I mean pay for a room full of expensive suits and bleeding edge electronic playthings.

Dream Job: Just writing, full time. I've always harbored dreams of being a brilliant theoretical physicist, but day by day that becomes both increasingly unlikely and unattractive. I'll prefer to be a brilliant writer, if I can manage ever that. I'm allowed my dreams...

01-21-2009, 12:56 PM
Day job: personal assistant.

Dream job: CIA

01-21-2009, 03:09 PM
Day job: Full time University student, feeling too lazy right now to get a part-time job...

Dream job: {Film maker, best-selling author, music producer} all at the same time... It's far fetched but hey, it is a dream job(s), right?

01-21-2009, 04:12 PM
...I supplement my writing income by temping. I'm signed up with two agencies. One has so-so jobs, but whenever I need loot they always have something available. The other agency gets me high paying assignments at good companies, but doesn't always have assignments available. Between the two I can work just as much as I need to to pay my bills and have a maximum amount of time to write.

01-21-2009, 05:26 PM
Current Job: Looking for A Job

Dream Job: Something that pays my bills, and allows me to put some money in savings.

01-21-2009, 05:50 PM
Current: University Professor (Biology/Marine Biology/Neuroscience)

Dream: I'm a lucky man--I have my dream job (although I've had to work my a$$ off to get where I am, and I have to continue to do so to stay where I am). If I had to give up writing right now, my creative self would still be fulfilled with the research and teaching parts of my current job, in fact the researsh part dwarfs my fiction and poetry writing in terms of creativity. But to add to the dream, I don't have to give up writing, so it makes it that much better. I just wish there were more hours in the day because right now I don't sleep much.

Spiny Norman
01-21-2009, 06:17 PM
Tech support. They're currently trying to get us all to quit. See, laying us all off would cost money, so the financially sound decision is to make work conditions so unpleasant that we cannot work there anymore. Naturally, trying to change jobs is almost impossible right now in this economy. So a lot of us wind up working shifts like 2 pm to 11 pm with Tuesdays and Thursdays off, and never seeing our families.

My dream job right now would probably be anything else. Thank god I have a book deal and a loving girlfriend. Otherwise this would be unbearable.

01-21-2009, 06:30 PM
Real: Work in a Daycare
Dream: Full-time Writer (quit real job :D)

Kate Thornton
01-21-2009, 06:55 PM
Day job: retired from it, but still work it part time: federal investigator/security consultant

Dream job: always had it - it's one secret to a happy life.

I write and paint and schedule my days in a more leisurely fashion now, but I always loved my work and missed it badly when I became disabled. Now I am very fortunate to be able to work it a bit still.

I could write full time if I wanted to - but I love writing part time. It gives me more discipline and structure and keeps me productive. Full time anything can take up too much time if you let it.

PS If you hate your job - or even if it is just unsatisfying - please consider training for something interesting that will fulfill you more. I know times are tough right now, but even in good times everyone should do the work they love, unless their situation is a temporary means to that very end.

01-21-2009, 07:08 PM
Day job: full-time mom, full-time student.

Dream job if writing is out? Fashion editor. Think of the shoes, people! THE SHOES!!! And the freebies! Oh yes. Dream job.

William Haskins
01-21-2009, 07:12 PM
day job: writer and producer in the digital media industry
dream job: hermit

01-21-2009, 07:17 PM
Day job - receptionist.

Dream job - Novelist, jewelry designer, rock star and Jamie West-Oram's trophy wife. (I'm very good at multitasking.)

01-21-2009, 08:05 PM
Day job: bottom-of-the-foodchain receptionist/girl who does mindless things nobody else wants to do/flight booker person.

Dream job: Full-time novelist, living off success and writing grants and being the model client to my DA.... *fluttery sigh*

01-21-2009, 09:11 PM
day job: writing proposals and answering RFPs for electric utilities.

dream job: something much more mindless so I could focus my creative energy on fun writing.

01-21-2009, 09:14 PM
Day job: I log stuff and answer the phone.

Dream job: To not log stuff or answer phones, from home.

01-22-2009, 01:11 AM
Well my day job: Video rental store clerk. Retail works well as I'm part time, so on my time off I work on my novels and short stories. Movies and TV are a big part of my inspiration.

Dream Day job: Probably working for a book store. I'm sure I could get away with promoting my self-published work there easily. Maybe the store could even feature my work. :)

01-22-2009, 01:34 AM
Day Job: High School English Teacher
Dream Day Job: Writing (duh)

C.M. Daniels
01-22-2009, 06:02 AM
Day Job: forensic anthropologist, grantwriter, professor
Dream Job: I've got it right now

I'm not the kind of person who's able to be a full time writer. I need a day job of some sort to keep the gears in my brain going. I'm just happy as can be that I do what I love, even if the pay isn't great right now.

01-22-2009, 06:30 AM
Sorry, if this is a thread that has already been hashed and re-hashed, but I'm new to AW. I'm an RN turned writer. I'm curious to know what everyone else does...when they aren't writing. Esp. if anyone has done anything in the medical field.

01-22-2009, 06:48 AM
I'm merging this with a similar thread in Roundtable.

01-22-2009, 08:23 AM
Dream job: author, painter/animator, and art prof!

Day Job: ...secretary. ;_;

Blue Sky
01-22-2009, 06:31 PM
Day Job: Overnight Grocery Stocker. I stock the cheese, pudding, biscuits, pasta and such. I agree with some folks that interacting with different people and situations fuels the creative fire. Working nights leaves more flexibility for other interests.

Dream Job: Helping people in the healing process and playing music. I have done both for years now, but they still do not pay the bills. After years in the military training to kill people, it's nice to help folks live full lives once again. I suppose playing music goes into the same category as writing full time, but I love to play. It belongs here too!

01-22-2009, 06:43 PM
Day job: Retail manager. There's a reason why I write horror.

Dream job: If I can't be a full-time writer, I'd love to be an editor or copy-editor. Barring that, I'd love to go back to my old job at the museum picking at fossils. The Carnegie Museum is an awesome place to work.

Kate Thornton
01-22-2009, 10:42 PM
jgold, the Carnegie is an awesome place - I spent a week in Pittsburgh last year touring the museums and the gorgeous city itself. What a beautiful place!

01-23-2009, 06:30 AM

Day job: That thing I just quit.

Dream job has not changed.

06-11-2009, 10:09 AM
I work in tech support: phone and eMail service for a company with over 40 websites. Subscriptions, financial services, retail, travel....I do it all.

Failing being a writer, I would love to be a jazz musician.

06-11-2009, 12:11 PM
Day Job - Student doing thesis for MBS in HR, the only reason i choose to do HR was a) more likely get a job b) wouldn't suck to much creativity away from writing. So eventually probably be in that area :cry:

Dream Job: making enough from writing that even with a parttime job in a bookstore or something, i could live comfortably

Sans this, i would love to work for publisher maybe doing PR or something.

06-11-2009, 03:13 PM
Full time job: Student and Mom

Probable job after graduation: high school English teacher

Dream Job: Ever since I read "Sixpence House" and watched "Black Books" I've wanted to move to England and open a bookshop. Ah, pipe dreams!

06-11-2009, 04:22 PM
Day Job: Cop

Dream Job: Idle Trust Fund Recipient. Failing that- Retired Cop.

06-11-2009, 11:45 PM
Day job: full-time reporter at a daily paper
Dream job: full-time book author or New Yorker staff writer or just a reporter at a better-paying paper!

Richard White
06-12-2009, 12:19 AM
Day job - Tech Writer/Editor for a government contractor

Dream job - Full Time Student *grin*

06-12-2009, 02:18 AM
Day Job: Currently unemployed (thank you capitalism!), formerly manager of a pizzeria for eight years. Part-time student as well, and an English tutor at school.

Dream Jobs: Obviously, to be a writer full-time, but I want to be a teacher as well, preferably at a Community College teaching English Lit/Creative Writing and Philosophy. I also want to own and run a new and used book store--it would be the perfect way to spend the afternoons.

06-12-2009, 05:45 AM
Day Job: Personal Banker

Dream Jobs: Philanthropist (Being a philanthropist implies that one has enough money to give it away right?) I would love to work in a fast paced publishing house that works with fiction, highly creative environment, oh and I wanna be the boss.

06-12-2009, 08:36 AM
Day job(s): student, Crew Member at Cold Stone, and Barista at Starbucks.

Dream job: Full-time writer (obviously) or bookstore/diner/cupcake shop owner or hippie (yes, that's a career choice!).



06-12-2009, 08:48 AM
Day Job: Web content writer who sometimes is published elsewhere.
Dream Job: To be able to "make a living" as a novelist. Or a nice alternative would be to have Samantha Brown's job at the Travel Channel.

06-12-2009, 01:43 PM
Day Job: Student :)
Dream Job: Archaeology Lecturer, or Curator of a Musuem. A find History and Mythology a great inspiration.

06-12-2009, 02:34 PM
Day job: Mom of 5, birth doula & childbirth educator

Dream job: Midwife

06-12-2009, 05:10 PM
Day Job: Hostess at Irish pub/restaurant
Dream Job: Full time fiction writer, of course.

06-12-2009, 05:14 PM
Day job: full-time mom, full-time student.

Dream job if writing is out? Fashion editor. Think of the shoes, people! THE SHOES!!! And the freebies! Oh yes. Dream job.

oh thats a good one! I love clothes and shoes and all that goes with it :tongue it almost hindered me from being able to move out of my parent's house haha :D