This week I had an argument with a couple of writers online about money. I said that writers shouldn’t write for money. The writers I was talking about were proud to say that money was the sole reason they wrote.
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I thought I’d try and pin down what I believe the relationship between a writer and money should be. So here is everything I know about writing and money.
- Firstly, writing is not for those who want the security of knowing what they are going to be earning. If you are after something financially predictable try something more sensible. Like acting. Or street-performing. Or the lottery.
- Every writer starts out not earning. You have to write a book. And then get an agent. And then a publisher. And that takes, on average, two lifetimes.
- You cannot write for a market. You can only write for humans. And humans are fickle.
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6. Writers are meant to be poor. Even when they are rich they live like they are poor. There is a limit to how much you can spend on toasters and dressing gowns.
Link to the rest at Booktrust