From bestselling author Dave Farland:
It seems that in the past few weeks I’ve heard from a lot of people who want to write so that they can get rich quickly, and I worry about them.
I don’t begrudge people the desire to get rich. If you’re a writer and you make a decent wage at it, it will give you the freedom to keep writing. That’s a good thing.
But I’ve met a couple of novelists who have told me that they have a terrible time writing, that even though they make good money at it, every word that they write is a chore. That strikes me as being . . . rather painful. Why do a job that you hate just for money?
In both cases, the novelists seemed to write less and less until they went out and took other jobs.
So that’s one problem with writing just for money. But there are others. I see many writers trying to take shortcuts. They try to go out and get major publishing deals before they’re ready—before they’ve really learned to write. In fact, many of them will go write a novel and then work to get that major deal without ever having gotten a single critique.
That’s like sitting down at a piano and banging out your first concerto while hoping for a recording contract. It’s foolishness. These same people will pay decent money for stupid scams. For example, there’s a writing book that claims you can write a bestselling novel in thirty days—in only five minutes per day.
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