This is the only truth. As much as writers might be in love with the romance in Dylan Thomas’s notion of the hearth killing the writer, a working stiff life can be your greatest ally.
A full-time job requires punctuality. It requires a schedule. And when you start to wedge moments into that schedule for writing, and you repeat the process daily, you start to build momentum. Road trips, drunken jags, backpacking trips along the spine of the Andes…all of these things might fuel stories. But to produce, you need routine. A mind-numbing, automatic routine that you don’t have to think about. This will give you the requisite pockets of space, to live within your own head.
If you write a little every day. At the same times. You build momentum. Writing begets more writing. I’m finally settling in after our cross-country move, and I’m starting to find this routine. A few minutes in the morning. A half hour at lunch. A couple hours at night.