But the reality of it is, most writers make little to no money on their work. They write because they have to. Writers have a story to tell, a story that consumes their thoughts and attention. A story that must be written for fear of it overtaking their reality. Most writers get rejected by literary agents and traditional publishers. They can get lost in the politics and droves of rejection letters. Some take control, choosing the self publishing route. However, they can still end up in the world of lost books because they cannot fund a large marketing campaign.
Some know that they won’t be making large sums of cash, and write simply because they have to; using downtime at work, or home, to get their story onto the page regardless of publishing tactics. I fall into this category. I know that I will never make a living off my writing. Of course, that won’t stop me from publishing my work and hoping for the best. I have a story to tell and I would love for others to read it. I love my characters as if they were my children- after all, they are created from my own being and manage to keep me up at night just as much as my flesh and blood kids do. I want to introduce them to society and have them embraced as they should be. I just won’t be planning my retirement based on their income!
Writing isn’t easy. It is full of rejection, worry, critiques, self-loathing, and excessive scrutiny. It isn’t something you jump into to make money, it’s a career path you choose because it is a part of who you are. As adults, you still need to make a supportive living; provide for your family. I know I find it very difficult to balance paid work, personal work, and family life. My writing time suffers because I do not want to miss out on my family time. I find myself taking ages to write down a chapter that has already been drafted in my head. I know what I want to write, but when do I write it?
Write when you can, and write often. Write because you have to, because you need to, because you love to. Don’t worry about what others think. Write your story, and only your story. Write for you, not for the masses. Don’t give up. If you write with passion, a passionate reader will find you.