Well, you don’t need a degree with work in retail or a restaurant (though if you hope to move into management in either of those, a degree helps). So, sure, you can do without a degree and just work a job like that while you try to establish yourself as a writer.

I’m taking some gen ed classes starting this spring (going back to school, I already have a degree). I’m reading the textbook for the evolutionary biology class I’m taking, and it’s awesome. I plan to get at least one really solid short story out of what I’m learning there. The more you learn, the better your mind works.