I started working for real in the early '80s. Like most girls my age, I took my first step into the workaday world by babysitting... Pause. Scratch that. I remember now... I earned my first income picking garbage out of the neighbor's field for a dollar an hour. (Or was that a dollar a bag? I forget. I mean it's been like thirty years.) Around the same time, I got paid to do some data entry work in my mother's office. Oh, and I made a little scratch sticking labels on electronics literature for Dad's company.
Even now, when writing is my day job, I still have a second job - because it's the only one making moolah - and that's running my online bookstore.
Anyway, over the years I've held a lot of jobs in a lot of different fields--sales, clerical, management, farm/agriculture, manufacturing, technology, training... Jack of all trades, master of some of each. Heh, I guess I do know Jack. ;o)
What's this got to do with writing? Well, I guess I'd say it's got a lot to do with writing because: every single experience we have contributes to our knowledge base. Write what you know... and the more you know, the more you have to write about. Right?
And if nothing else, I'll always have something to fall back on, if this writing thing doesn't work out. And I can still do better than to work for the stinking cow place.
What about you? Do you find your experiences helping your writing or are you making it all up from scratch? What's the weirdest job you ever held?
*Doing a count just now, I'm at 37 different jobs over my 26 years in the workforce. Ack.