Not all writers are blessed, as I am, with a partner who provides such complete support. I have the luxury of writing without having to worry about paying the bills because my husband not only encourages my writing, but subsidizes it.
I have great respect for the many who are compelled to write but must also hold down a full-time job in order to feed themselves and their dependents. I’m the sort who needs her sleep and can’t think clearly without a sufficient amount, so I don’t know how anyone can write coherently in the morning’s wee hours or at the end of a long, stressful day.
Because I’ve never been in the position of having to support myself with my writing — nor have I been in the writing business very long — I have no tried and proven wisdom for those struggling artists. However, I recently ran across an excellent post on the subject by author Lawrence Block. Clearly, he knows what he’s talking about, and the article needs no further introduction: Getting By on a Writer’s Income.
If you’re a struggling writer — or are in any position where your income is variable and uncertain — read, learn, and be encouraged!