… Don’t Quit Your Day Job by Michael Fedo — Open Letters Review. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
I spent a lot of time freelancing, mostly as an editor of books, but I had some writing gigs as well. There were some lean patches long the way, and my rule was to take any job that came along if need be. One of those was working on a construction crew building stores. Doing things like that gives you a wider range of experience than just sitting at your desk writing provides.