Day Job

For a long time I operated under the assumption that I could become a writer while working full time at my mentally demanding job.

I was rising through the ranks at a big corporation, making more money, and that seemed like what I was supposed to do. Middle management didn't provide me with much in the way of inspiration for my true passion, but bills were paid, so it didn't seem right to complain about not having the mental and emotional energy to write.

But it got to the point where I didn't even feel right telling people I was "a writer" anymore. A writer is someone who writes regularly and intentionally, yeah? I can plunge the occasional toilet, but that doesn't make me a plumber. 

I'm not in a place where I feel comfortable giving advice to anyone, but I can say that since I've started a new job--one far less demanding on my poor little brain--my writing has really taken off. Not a coincidence, I'm sure.

Anybody out there have thoughts on that? How do you "get by" without depleting your store of writer juice?

(Bottling and selling writer juice would be a lucrative business. Sounds gross, though.)