Let me add another wrinkle, which is that technically a job is something you do as an employee for an organization or another individual. As a writer, you work for yourself so technically it is not a job. But all this angst over semantics obscures the real issue – for the great majority of us, myself included, we can’t make a living as a writer no matter how many hours and how much personal investment we put into it. Like most dream careers, only a lucky few will grab the brass ring of success, making enough money to live on from writing alone. For most of us the net income is extremely low – well below minimum wage, if we show a profit at all. That’s just the way it is circa 2013 with so much self-publishing and traditional publishing in disarray.