(Original post by Assan)
Is it a vocation of personal benefit for you, or do you want to earn a living as a writer? If so, in what profession?
What type of writing do you engage in?
How do you make time for this part of your life?
I am a freelance writer. For 20 years, my specialty has been case studies for business schools and international organizations. I have made a good living at it, but am tired of the format. Nonetheless, it has enabled me to travel all over the world on a good budget, get into interesting places, and meet amazing people.
I started out in freelance journalism in Japan and built from there. It has been a full time occupation for me, not something I sandwich between other jobs. I have raised a family, bought a house, and generated savings, much like any full time employee would - my work time isn't 9 to 5, I do a lot of research on my own time, usually extra reading in things that interest me.
I must say, it is a lonely profession and often feels more like a slog than a calling. The first draft is an agony, then the re-writing is sheer joy - the essence of professional writing is to enjoy re-writing.
It has also been a calling, but as I enter middle age, I am pretty burnt out by the routine and am seeking to re-make myself yet again. Life is starting over, after all.