Actor at Actors Equity Association
New York, New York
There are a lot of different types of jobs you can get if you work hard as a writer. If you are working as a journalist, you recieve topics from an editor, or you offer stories to an editor about a topic you are interested in, you would then do your research, interview your subjects, write, edit and submit your story for print.
However, as a novelist life can be different. Raul Dahl the author of "The BFG" "Matilda" and other children's classics had a rule: Be at your desk from 10am-12pm and from 4pm-6pm. Even if you don't write, you have to be in the seat. The reason for this, I believe, is it is important to treat writing like a job. You have to be ready to write, even if you don't have any ideas inside that moment.
Whatever field you decide to pursue, you can always remember the harder you work, the luckier you'll get.