Unless you are lucky enough to be born into a family with money, or win the lottery, or both, it can be difficult to make it as a writer. While some authors reach a level of success that enables them to quit their pesky day jobs, this can take years or, sometimes, a lifetime. Working odd jobs is a routine stage in the careers of most writers, and there are many famous authors who have worked gigs that make your college job rolling burritos look like a vacation. But can you guess which ones?
So how did you do? Which author odd job was the most surprising? Know of more outrageous work writers turned to before picking up the pen? Tell us all about it in the comments below.
Robert Balkovich is an Oregonian-cum-New Yorker currently living in Brooklyn. He is not from Portland. His writing has appeared in/on 7 Stops Magazine, Park Slope Reader, The State Column, Ubiquitous and TravelSquire.com. Besides writing, he enjoys anthropology and ethnography books from the 1970s, and clay face masks. He is really trying his best at Twitter, so please follow him: @RobertBalkovich
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