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Writing For Free

Why do you want to be a writer? Is it because you love creating stories to tell and sharing them with the world? Is it because you want to be rich and famous after you’re on the best-sellers list?

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Whatever the reason, being a writer is not an easy job. You don’t write a bunch of words, send it to a publisher, they publish it on the spot, it sells, and you get a ton of money.

I’ve always been torn between being a teacher or being a writer or possibly trying to do both. I can’t express how many times people have said, “Be a writer. They make more money.” Unfortunately, that is not the case. If writing were that easy and made a ton of money, every person in the world would be an author and we’d all drown in books… now wouldn’t that be nice?

Writing does not equal money. It doesn’t matter how many books you sell; unless you’re on the best-selling list or you write the next Harry Potter series, you may have to look for a day job and write on the side.

Writing is not about the money. It’s about sharing stories whether they’re fiction or nonfiction. Writing is a way for people to escape reality, get creative, and exercise their imagination.

You need to love writing. You need have to a passion for it.

You don’t want to write. You need to write.

Further Reading:

11 Frequently Asked Questions About Book Royalties, Advances, and Money
Do You Like Or Love To Write?
Why We Write: Four Reasons

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

12 thoughts on “Writing For Free

  1. While I agree with the post, I disagree with the quote in the picture. I don’t think of writing as homework. It was always something I did to avoid doing homework. LOL I try to write everyday, but in no way do I see it like homework. Homework is boring and forced on you. Having the need to write may force writing on you, but it’s of your own mind to do so. If that makes any sense…

    1. No, I know where you’re coming from. I write instead of doing homework, too.

      But I see the picture as “taking your work home with you.” I know writers don’t see writing as “work” because they love it so much, but ultimately it is your job (if you’re getting paid for it). Also, if you’re published or doing freelance gigs you have deadlines and homework also has deadlines. So I don’t see it as homework in the literal sense, but as a metaphor.

  2. Even being on the bestseller lists (really NYT is the only U.S. one that counts in this context) doesn’t necessarily mean a large paycheck. Most authors who are financially well off (ex. Stephen King, Rowling) made their money by selling the movie rights to their popular books, whether those movies ever get made is another story.

  3. I always liked the idea of being a teacher AND writer. 😉

    Yeah…people don’t often get it that the moment you publish a book doesn’t mean it will be the next Harry Potter and sell million of copies in a day. *sigh*

  4. For me writing really is all about the passion and love for writing that I have. I don’t want to be a full time writer because it isn’t easy to make money as a writer, but I’d like to have it as a part time job with a full time job as an engineer. That way I can still keep writing fun and I don’t have to worry about making a lot of money from it as soon as possible.

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