With National Novel Writing Month in full swing, thousands of hopeful novelists around the world are experiencing all the fun of trying to juggle a full time job with a passion for writing. For those cursing their work commitments there’s good news: some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful authors clearly drew inspiration from their day job to create stunning works of fiction.
Could Bram Stoker have written Dracula if he wasn’t inspired by an actor at the theatre he managed? Unlikely.
Would John Grisham even have picked up a pen if it wasn’t for a career that brought him into the courtroom? Doubt it.
If Nicholas Sparks wasn’t a pharmaceutical salesman would Ryan Gosling ever have starred in the film adaptation of The Notebook? Well, probably.
For the full list of authors that were – and weren’t – inspired by their day job, check out the infographic below.