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Offline Jon Sprunk

Re: What were you before you were a writer?
« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2011, 11:06:20 PM »
I was a guard at a juvenile corrections facility for 14 years. I was laid off last autumn, but fortunately I already had a book contract and my first novel was out in stores, so that has cushioned the blow.

Offline ChrisMB

Re: What were you before you were a writer?
« Reply #16 on: July 14, 2011, 02:20:49 PM »
Talk about having a safety net, eh? I'm glad you had that to fall back on. Are you working on other novels too?

Offline Jon Sprunk

Re: What were you before you were a writer?
« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2011, 09:58:53 PM »
Talk about having a safety net, eh? I'm glad you had that to fall back on. Are you working on other novels too?

The second book came out last month, and the third is slated for next summer. Thanks for asking.

Offline Lyz

Re: What were you before you were a writer?
« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2011, 10:49:17 PM »
I do not consider myself a writer just yet, although I am attempting to work on it. I feel like my ideas are still a little rough, and I require a little hand-holding and prodding to get anything done.

Regardless, before I began writing for myself, I worked at a bookstore, and then a pizza place (taking orders, not making pizza, unfortunately) in Maine. Once I moved to Washington state, it was clothing retail, followed up by office work. Then I went to school, and got a degree in paralegal studies.

And now, I work for a small law firm in Seattle. It's a good, permanent job that allows me to work only until 5pm, and I have all weekends and major holidays off. It's a good gig that allows me time for writing (while I'm at work, no less), and a social life and gaming on the weekends. I really can't complain. :)
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Offline Mandy

Re: What were you before you were a writer?
« Reply #19 on: July 19, 2011, 06:01:39 AM »
I was a string instructor at a preparatory school.

I have since quit my job to pursue performing/songwriting full time. I am also pursuing writing as another career, but unlike music, I'm currently not making any money from it. But I will seek publishing soon. The dreaded query letter! And the even more dreaded rejection letter--er--letters.

These two quotes have been good to me:
It's never too late to be what you might have been. - George Eliot
There's no comparison between what's lost by not trying and what's lost by not succeeding. - Francis Bacon
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Offline deejrandom

Re: What were you before you were a writer?
« Reply #20 on: July 20, 2011, 04:29:08 AM »
To those that might not consider themselves a writer: A writer writes. That is what makes a person a writer. Good/bad/ugly...doesn't matter.   I spent many years thinking I wasn't a writer because I wasn't published but that is just not true.

Heck there are some "writers" That weren't really known until after they died and a friend or family member published their stuff. (Kafka comes to mind, for instance.) So...yah.  If you write you are a writer.

Carry on with the thread :)

Offline betsdavies

Re: What were you before you were a writer?
« Reply #21 on: July 21, 2011, 03:25:09 AM »
An embryo

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Re: What were you before you were a writer?
« Reply #22 on: June 07, 2016, 05:35:56 PM »
I wonder what the new influx of writers were?
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Re: What were you before you were a writer?
« Reply #23 on: June 07, 2016, 06:32:42 PM »
I wonder what the new influx of writers were?

I was and still am a debt-riddled student.
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Re: What were you before you were a writer?
« Reply #24 on: June 07, 2016, 06:43:39 PM »
I wonder what the new influx of writers were?

I was and still am a debt-riddled student.
Same as above except ex-student and retail drone

Offline JRTroughton

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« Reply #25 on: June 07, 2016, 08:33:27 PM »
A lifeless husk.

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Re: What were you before you were a writer?
« Reply #26 on: June 08, 2016, 05:12:10 AM »
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I am still most of those, except I've added the practice of Naginata and discovered an unexpected thirst for lunging at people in hope of hitting them.
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Re: What were you before you were a writer?
« Reply #27 on: June 08, 2016, 11:58:25 AM »
I was an imaginer without an outlet.
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Offline TLCannon

Re: What were you before you were a writer?
« Reply #28 on: June 08, 2016, 01:49:47 PM »
I've had a lot of weird jobs.

I was in the US Army. I was an engineering student. I was a recruiter for a national volunteer project. I was a volunteer manager at a number of charities. Currently, I work for a homeless charity delivering their Christmas events, which means providing food, clothing, and healthcare for the homeless people in my city throughout the holidays. I'm like gods damned Santa only clean shaven and skinny. So... nothing like Santa.

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Re: What were you before you were a writer?
« Reply #29 on: June 08, 2016, 04:37:33 PM »
I've had a lot of weird jobs.

I was in the US Army. I was an engineering student. I was a recruiter for a national volunteer project. I was a volunteer manager at a number of charities. Currently, I work for a homeless charity delivering their Christmas events, which means providing food, clothing, and healthcare for the homeless people in my city throughout the holidays. I'm like gods damned Santa only clean shaven and skinny. So... nothing like Santa.

Then let's call you St Nicholas instead, so you can be skinny and gift giving.
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