2020➡2023: How Writing Changed My Life

The story of quitting a $450/mo day job to becoming a $10k+/mo full-time writer.

Anangsha Alammyan
Freelancer’s Hub


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Three years ago, I was working as a civil engineer at a top NIT.

For most people around me, this was a career to stick to for life.

After all, what more could you ask for after getting a secure government job?

People congratulated me and advised me to settle down to enjoy the benefits of a stable career.

But the catch was — I wasn’t satisfied.

I always loved writing and wanted to make a career out of it.

The fire burnt bright in my heart. I knew I couldn’t let it die.

I ignored everything others wanted me to do and followed my gut. I started writing alongside my day job in the hopes of achieving my dream someday.

This led my days back in Feb 2020 to look like this:

  • Wake up at 7 AM, cook breakfast, and rush to work.
  • Spend 9 hours at the office, mostly doing routine work that demanded no creative thinking.
  • Come home, go for a quick run, have dinner, and rest.
  • Spend 2 hours at night writing and working on my side hustles.