Yes, writing is a job. I know that, logically, but I would like a bit more security. I want some fiscal stability. I want to know I have a paycheck and a way to support my interests.
If I sell my writing, then I won't worry so much, but I am tense.
To treat writing like a job means I have to tell myself something will sell. That means I have to motivate myself every day to treat writing like a job -- but one for which I am not yet getting paid. It is exhausting.
Had I landed a teaching post, I would write and teach. That was the plan with the Ph.D -- security plus some time to write during summers. Now, I have lots of time to write, I suppose.
The key is to focus and build some confidence. To be honest, confidence in writing is not confidence in my social networking or sales abilities. That's why I would definitely do better with an agent. For now, I need to keep at the writing until I locate an agent.
Being social would help my career, no matter what I did. But, that's not who I am.