I actually graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering. This strikes some folks as odd, however, the creativity of designing and building a structure adapts itself quite well to creative writing. About four years ago, I decided to follow my heart and begin writing creatively. To be honest, my first contracts were extremely low-paying and through various online freelance writing sites. Once my portfolio was built (about three-months), however, I established a client base that has allowed me to practice the art of writing while earning a fair wage.
While this may not be the types of creative writing you seek, I enjoy research and meeting people, so it suits my personality perfectly. On the other hand, I've had the opportunity to ghost write several books, help students from college to medical school and doctoral studies to law school with personal statements, academic papers, etc. Some of my favorite clients are the ones who have improved to the point that they no longer need my help.
What I'm trying to tell you is that every person, every writer, has a different definition of and methods for expressing their creativity. While writing a novel is my dream, I also recognize the need to earn money....which has at the moment sidetracked me to an arena of writing for which I never expected, yet love. Good luck on your journey, and take advantage of this wonderful online world that offers endless opportunities for earning money until your first novel is published.