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Unusual Jobs of Famous Writers [Infographic]

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Weird Jobs of Writers

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Do you enjoy writing? You do enjoy it. Writing is your hobby and someday you’re going to turn it into a full-time job, but for now, you bust a hump trying to earn some money. Can you imagine yourself doing it all your life? No way.

Sometimes you need to have a role model. You must check somebody else’s experience and understand what you should do with your own life. Thankfully, people had miserable jobs before you, so now you can see how exactly they coped with the issue and succeeded in life.

Your favorite authors took dead-end jobs too. Everybody has hard times. You can combine your part-time work with studying. Or be a freelancer. You can do anything not related to writing at all, but it doesn’t mean you’ll have to do it all your entire life. The matter is not to stop writing. When working a lot on your texts, you obviously become a better writer, and it has nothing to do with what you do for making your bread. Do both things – write and keep your daily job.

No time to worry about your underpaid job, it’s time to get inspired by experiences of famous writers presented below in the infographic by Unplag plagiarism checker.


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BEFORE THEY BECAME FAMOUS:
Big-Name Authors & Their Weird Jobs

You might think all big-name writers became famous at once. However, this is far from the case. Many big-name authors had unbelievably weird jobs not related to their writing careers at all.

JAMES JOYCE
1882 - 1941
Author of "Ulysses"

  • Composed melodies
  • Played guitar
  • Was a performer
  • Played piano

CHUCK PALAHNIUK
1962
Author of "Fight Club"

  • Dishwasher
  • Movie projectionist
  • Bicycle messenger
  • Diesel mechanic

WILLIAM FAULKNER
1897 - 1962
Author of "The Sound and The Fury"

  • Postmaster at the University of Mississippi

KEN KESEY
1935 - 2001
Author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

  • Was a volunteer for a CIA study
  • Janitor in a mental hospital

KURT VONNEGUT
1922 - 2007
Author of "Cat's Cradle"

  • Car dealer for a Swedish car manufacturer Saab

STEPHEN KING
1947
Author of "The Stand"

  • Janitor in a high school

J.D. SALINGER
1919 - 2010
Author of "The Catcher in the Rye"

  • Entertainment director on a Swedish Cruise liner

HARPER LEE
1926
Author of "To Kill A Mockingbird"

  • Reservation clerk for Eastern Air Lines in New York City

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
1896 - 1940
Author of "The Great Gatsby"

  • Worked in an advertising agency writing slogans for trolley placards

JACK LONDON
1876 - 1916
Author of "White Fang"

  • Oyster pirate

CHARLES DICKENS
1812 - 1870
Author of "Oliver Twist"

  • Labeled jars in a shoe polish factory

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  • Writing is your hobby and someday you’re going to turn it into a full-time job.
  • You must check somebody else’s experience and understand what you should do with your own life.
  • Thankfully, people had miserable jobs before you, so now you can see how exactly they coped with the issue and succeeded in life.
  • When working a lot on your texts, you obviously become a better writer, and it has nothing to do with what you do for making your bread.
  • Do both things – write and keep your daily job.