Do You Write For Money? Or Love?
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Do You Write For Money? Or Love?
Why do you write? Have you read about authors who rake in big bucks with their millions of sales on Amazon? Do you have visions of being the next Amanda Hocking or John Locke? Do huge dollar signs dance in your dreams? Do you scan the best seller’s list and focus your writing efforts on the type of book you think will sell the most copies?T
Or–do you write because writing is like breathing: You can’t not write. Do story ideas come to you in that edge between sleeping and waking that you hastily jot down? Do you have more books to write floating around in the back of your mind than you can possibly write them all? Do characters pop up and wave their hands at you, saying “Me! Me! Write about me!”? If you never sold anything, would you keep on writing?
Ask a roomful of writers why they write and you will get as many different answers as there are writers in the room. “I have to.” “I enjoy writing.” “To say something.” “My characters keep talking and I keep writing down what they say.” Few writers are so crass as to say that they are writing for money, even if they are. So what is wrong with writing for money? Nothing, unless that’s your only reason for writing.
Money is nice. We all need it and most of us would like more than what we now have. But, money isn’t everything and should not be your reason for writing.
If writing for money is your only reason for writing, then I hate to break it to you, but you most likely will not get rich selling your writing. In fact, you probably won’t even make a living writing. Why? Because if your only reason for writing is money, then where is the soul in your writing?
It is possible to make a living with your writing. Many writers do and enjoy both writing for money and for love. No matter what the genre in which you write, to have a story that draws the reader into your world so that they reluctantly come to the end, you need to put part of yourself into your book: your deepest desires, your deepest fears, your deepest needs and longings. When your book comes from deep within you, then it will resonate with your target reader. You still may not get rich, but you will enjoy your work, instead of churning out what you think you have to write to make money.
Of course, this is all just my opinion. What do you think?
( A good way to tap into your inner self and to learn how to write a good book is to take Holly Lisle’s writing course. She also has lots of free writing advice and information on her site. No, she’s not paying me to say this!)
About SueFrom the time, as a young girl, when Sue read the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, she was hooked on fantasy. She loves to read fiction and write within many genres, but she always winds up going back to fantasy. For years she has had fantasy stories spinning around in her head and now that she is retired from many years of teaching, she is putting those stories into book form. She has many interests, including quilting and playing the mountain dulcimer, but writing is the most satisfying of all. Sue lives in the great state of Maine with her husband of 38 years. She has been a factory worker, a waitress, a librarian, and a teacher. Her biggest job was being a mother and she has three grown children. Now that she is a grandmother, she is enjoying that role immensely.
Posted on January 11, 2012, in about writing, Authors - Sue Santore and tagged Amanda Hocking, amazon, dance in your dreams, john locke, writers, writing, writing for love. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.