Before They Wrote: Jobs Once Held By Famous Writers

  • September 19, 2013

This post was inspired by a recent conversation about jobs once held by famous writers.  Before I started writing, I had a full-time career as an Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter (here is my story).


  • Mark Twain, (Samuel Clemens) first worked as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River.
  • Herman Melville once took a job as a surveyor on the Erie Canal.
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne worked as weigher and gauger at the Boston Custom House.
  • Steven King took odd jobs to pay for his living expenses, including one job at an industrial laundry.
  • J. K. Rowling worked as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International in London.
  • Kurt Vonnegut was a soldier and prisoner of war during World War II.
  • Danielle Steel worked for a public relations agency in New York called Supergirls for several years, before moving to San Francisco, and worked for Grey Advertising, as a copywriter.
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15 Comments on Before They Wrote: Jobs Once Held By Famous Writers

  • esgyll says:
    May 6, 2019 at 2:13 AM

    It’s surprising to see what these writers were doing before they became famous. Boggles the mind completely when you think about the circumstances that led them to become writers.


  • jolly555 says:
    May 6, 2019 at 1:07 AM

    This is to say at the end of the day our god-given path will always up no matter where we had wandered to. Good to know this.


  • brainedet says:
    May 5, 2019 at 11:06 PM

    Amazing information here. I know alot of talented people dabble into other areas of life before they are able to actualize their dreams.


  • Jenna says:
    May 5, 2019 at 10:16 PM

    It’s nice to know the jobs of these people before they become famous writers. This is very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.


  • Miaka Yuuki says:
    May 5, 2019 at 10:13 PM

    As a rookie in this field. I will be honest I Do not know these people. However, if I read things that will mold my skills better I will take it. Regardless of who writes it. It helps me gain experience after all.


  • Maury Cheskes says:
    May 5, 2019 at 8:41 PM

    Very interesting findings. I think writers are much more well-rounded and knowledgable when they’ve had experience in other fields. It gives them a lot more perspective on life and the world around them.


  • Daphne says:
    May 5, 2019 at 7:03 PM

    It doesn’t matter the path we follow as long as we end up in the right place. It’s interesting to see all the jobs these famous writers had.


  • Oliver says:
    May 5, 2019 at 7:01 PM

    You’ve held a lot of jobs. It’s actually quite impressive!


  • Patricia says:
    May 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    It takes courage to quit a medical job to pursue your true calling. For that I truly respect you.


  • Meg W says:
    May 5, 2019 at 6:58 PM

    You are such an achiever! Your story is an inspiration!


  • Roy says:
    May 5, 2019 at 6:57 PM

    You’ve been through a great journey. It’s good you finally discovered your true calling.


  • meldred24 says:
    May 5, 2019 at 4:56 PM

    This only means that following hearts passion and desire will always lead you somewhere. No. matter what your current job is, if it’s not your passion you will never stay in it. Find your passion. Follow your hearts desire.


  • Obalade Damilola says:
    May 5, 2019 at 3:36 PM

    This writers discovered their passion after working at different places..some had that passion but were scared to follow their dreams..some were too broke to start off as writers..I’m glad this people you listed eventually woke up the giant within..great one man


  • Amy Lynne says:
    August 26, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Awesome buddy!


    • Thomas says:
      August 26, 2016 at 7:22 PM

      Thanks, Amy! 🙂


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