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Write what you know. We’ve all heard it.
I’ve always believed that meant every job I ever had would give more to write about. So the summers in vegetable packing plants and weeks going door-to-door collecting information for a local census were just writing research.
Any job you have is background to draw on.
That’s what Kathleen Rooney used when she wrote O, Democracy!, a novel based on time she spent working on an Illinois political campaign. Here are some others who worked unusual jobs, some of which they wrote about.

6 Famous Writers Who Worked Odd Jobs – Writer’s Circle