Health & Writing
The dream is to make enough money annually to quit the day job and write full time.
The reality is, unless I have someone else bring home the healthcare, I will always be working two jobs.
It’s a simple truth. Writing, in and of itself, is a full time job. But making sure you have health insurance in a society where health costs are skyrocketing is even more of a necessity.
Seanan McGuire wrote a post about why she worked full time and wrote full time. She referenced a greater tragedy of an author who didn’t have healthcare and succumbed to a treatable illness. Before anyone starts flinging stones of ‘choices’ and such. Healthcare without subsidy is expensive, for some the difference between a home or homelessness expensive.
Even as a moderately successful writer, it can easily eat away at the money you bring in. Leaving you with very little.
Health insurance is even more important to me given a recent diagnosis of a manageable yet permanent change in my life as of last fall. I’m blessed to have been able to find my balance in the world of writing and working.
But don’t get me wrong, it’s still a high wire act.