Roundup: Writers and their Day Jobs

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In our Roundups segment, we’re looking back at all the great posts since the blog started in 2009. We explore posts from our archives as well as other top literary magazines and websites, centered on a certain theme to help you jump-start your week.

While writing can sometimes seem like a full-time job, it often doesn’t pay the bills. Enter the day job. For some, this is a job teaching writing, but for others it can range from office work to running hydration stations for runners training for marathons. As Chekhov wrote “Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress. When I get fed up with one, I spend the night with the other.”

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