As a follow-up to my recent announcement, I’d like to point out this most excellent read about T.S. Elliot working a day job he actually enjoyed, and at a bank, no less.
…So too do I find the art and science of search engine optimization equally enjoyable and intriguing, and in fact have made strides to make money doing it. Do what you love, they say. Check.
I have been working only a couple days now on my first professional SEO assignment, and already I find I’m writing more fiction. During my last couple of lunch hours at Edmunds.com, I’ve written a sizable chunk of a short story I’d started and stopped. After several months of writing small pieces here and there, and another month and a half of not writing anything at all in this story, I’ve resumed with a fervor and a straight line to the finish. This new output may have everything to do with the new gig, or it may have nothing to do with it, but I like to think that this is a good sign of things to come.
When your professional life keeps you inspired and thinking and moving, the rest of your life has a tendency to follow.
Of course, working two jobs comes at the expense of writing more for this blog. But no one has complained yet.
At any rate: I encourage anyone with a passion in a field that makes no money (such as theatre or poetry) to read this article. You may find justification for your life. You may find inspiration to change it. Whatever — read up. This is important.