Not for the money, as I have been told many, many times.
And it’s true. I recently read a blog post over at Free Your Pen called, What Writers Really Earn. It was referencing an article which pretty much just summed up the fact of what we already know: Writers don’t earn much. It was in fact talking of published authors, not self published writers who find it even harder to earn from their craft.
So, why do writers write at all?
I know the answer for me is because I love to do it. I love to write. My head is always full of stories and characters that I need to get down onto paper and want to put out into the world for others to enjoy. It provides a break from reality which sometimes can feel rather suffocating.
Real life involves money worries, car troubles and just general stress. Writing gives me a break from that, a few hours where I can lose myself in adventure, love and the worries of characters who are not me. I hope that my writing can provide the reader a break from the world too. A moment where they can just enjoy rather than think.
In today’s world I think so many of us get hung up on money. I know it is an important part of life but it has overcome the world. Everything is about the money. Now, as I am taking this journey to becoming a writer I realise I want to enjoy life. I am choosing this mostly because I want to get to the end of my life and think, ‘I really enjoyed what I did’.
Don’t get me wrong, I know people have to earn money to live and that means working jobs they don’t like or giving up on dreams they can’t afford. But writing can give some just an hour of respite from that when they get home from work or on a weekend.
And I that is why I write, why I need to write. It’s a break from reality and its troubles to get lost in another, less stressful world if only for a while.
Status of first manuscript: With proof-readers.
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Why do you write? Is it all about earning the money? Or is it something else?