There’s an interesting thread taking place at the moment in the ERWA Writer’s newsgroup about what it takes to earn a living with your writing. As I write poetry, I haven’t had to “worry” about trying to earn a living from the poetry alone. While researching a response to Daddy X’s post about a poet he knew who was flexible in his jobs, I ran across this quote about Mary Oliver worth sharing as it relates to writing poetry for a living:
Mary Oliver once told an interviewer her secret to success. Throughout her life, she says, “I was very careful never to take an interesting job.” She explains, adding, “Not an interesting one. I took lots of jobs. But if you have an interesting job you get interested in it.” For Oliver, the only worthy interest was writing.