"Treat writing as a job" - doesn't mean you have to get paid for it.
It means you have to do it like you would do any job:
Every day, rain or shine
Good mood or grumpy
Whether you want to (today) or not (today)
To be an author, you have to write.
If you want to be an author, then writing is your job - whether you are paid for it or not.
As a publisher, I can tell you a short story.
One day I was contacted by someone who already published different books and was interviewed multiple times, as we can see in his personal writer website. All of this seemed definitively interesting to me. I digged deeper to have an idea of his style and so on.
What I found is that in interviews he is constantly ...
As a writer with a day job (programmer) I wondered why was I so much more successful as a programmer than a writer? Here are some of the answers I discerned:
I go to work every day as a programmer, whether I feel like it or not.
I don't get emotionally tied up in people's responses to my programming work.
I'm process-focused, not goal-focused, in my day ...
A "Job" is something where you work diligently to be paid a guaranteed sum of money at the end of the day / week/ month. Since you are getting paid, therefore you will give your best effort and dedication to do a decent 'Job' of it.
In the same way, people say treat writing as a "Job" to bring in the necessary discipline and dedication to churn out good ...
Stephen King, in a live interview, was asked "What advice do you have for people that want to write?"
His answer (I am repeating from memory) was: "They should write. But I have to tell you, most of the people that say they want to write for a living, do not really want that. They want to HAVE WRITTEN, they want to have a best selling novel that is always ...
Speculative Work and Self Employment
You are in effect working for yourself, without pay or profit in the short term, in hopes of selling your product for pay [and ideally profit] in the future. As such it can be strongly advised to consider your ventures in the same line as you would any other small business.
Focus on your product, what you are selling, ...
Do not come to any art for the profit. When the profit fails to come, you'll be discouraged. Do it for the love of it first then other things, money too shall follow.
Ernest Hemingway advised:
"Work every day no matter what has happened the day or
night before, get up and bite the nail".
That's the spirit of the advice.
Some people are volunteers, and they never get paid (except with a verbal or written thank you).
Some people get paid as soon as they do something (e.g. a waiter paid almost entirely in tips).
Some people get paid at the end of the day.
Some people get paid at the end of the week.
Some people get paid at the end of the month.
You are working a job where ...