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Is writing your business?

Poll closed Mar 25, 2009.
  1. Yes! I regularly sell my work and live off the funds.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Yes, but it's irregular and I supplement my income elsewhere

    1 vote(s)
    4.5%
  3. Every so often it makes me a little money.

    2 vote(s)
    9.1%
  4. I hardly ever make anything on my writing.

    2 vote(s)
    9.1%
  5. I have never made anything off my writing.

    10 vote(s)
    45.5%
  6. Writing is my business, I like it and want to make money doing it

    4 vote(s)
    18.2%
  7. I write primarily for reasons other than money.

    9 vote(s)
    40.9%
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  1. Yitz
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    Writing as art and business

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Yitz, Mar 18, 2009.

    Just curious to know...



    I know I'd like to make a career out of it.
    Where are you all at on the spectrum of the business side of writing?
    My apologies if this subject has been previously beat to death.

    Edit: Ugh, I realized you cannot edit a poll.
    I did not mean to make the last question sound flippant, as if someone who does not write for money is not serious about it.
    What I meant to imply was that someone would write for self-expression, joy, personal enrichment, et al, rather than the
    more somber business of writing to keep food on the table and the bills paid.
     
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    I couldn't vote in your poll -- nothing exactly fits.
    I write for the joy, self-expression, personal enrichment and because I am addicted to the 'what-if' inside my head. Because of those factors, and being incredibly unsuited for what the normal world calls a 'real job', I made a conscious decision to make my writing pay for itself.
     
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    Your last option shuld probably be and/or instead of just "and" because people can be very serious about their writing but not be interested in money. Personally, the only reason I am is because I would rather not have a real job. I did once earn ten whole dollars from a poem, though.
     
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    Neha Beyond Infinity. Contributor

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    ack, I write cause of two reasons:
    I heart writing;
    And my writing tortures my friends*evil laugh*

    But basically, writing is like my salvation, I don't write for money, but if I didn't write, I'd go crazy.
     
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    Good thing, because Monet has been dead since 1926. ;)
     
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    ha ha..my excuse: Y is next to T on the keyboard, lol. Thanks for pointing that out though.
     
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    I write because i have a story to tell.

    Who knows if anyone will ever read it, but if i write it, maybe one person will. Which is all i need to be happy. two people read my story and it's a bonus!

    Money means absolutly nothing. I'd pay to get a boo out there. A lot too. (if it was worth is/eg if i was actually good/decent)
     
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    hey, Speedy I bet all members of this forum will read...so how much will you pay? :p

    But, I'm thinking, what if man hadn't invented writing?
     
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    I have had one article published, but wasn't paid. So, no, I haven't made anything off my writing yet. I hope to in the future, and have several manuscripts out. If published, i would get paid.

    Writing would be a supplimental income, if/when I make any money at it. :)
     
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    HA, the price to make a book ;) (screw profits, i need no money)

    Online - the price of nothing ;)

    But i don't like online material (hurts my eyes)
     
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    I don't write for the money but occasionally I do make a bit of cash, which is nice! Most of the income I made last year was from writing. Not what I wanted to write exactly, but still. I find that non-fiction writing is usually easier to make money with, but what I really want is to be able to support myself fully writing what I want to write. I do want my (real) writing to be read by the public when it's just right, and it would be pretty sweet to make some cash too.
     
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    I write for my own and my friend's pleasure.
    I've never been financially motivated, and that will not change any time soon.
     
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    I wrote feature articles for an outdoor fishing magazine for 15 years. The pay averaged $300-500 per article (depending on the number and quality of pictures . . . magazines love lots of good pictures). The target length for feature articles was 2400 words and columns ran 300-400 words, along with a single picture. I got bonus payments if the pictures showed one or more of the magazine's advertiser products in a favorable way.

    I quit writing for the fishing magazine about a year ago to concentrate on writing novels during my free hours away from the "day" job. Hopefully, there will come a time when I can earn a living just from writing but that's still a ways off.
     
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    Well I did make it multiple choice. ;)
    You could vote for the last two!

    Whoever changed that last option on the poll, thank you!
    It comes off better than before.
     
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    in my old life, i wrote for a living, running a private writing consultant business, while writing my own stuff for publication...

    for the past 14 years, since i gave away all i owned and left even my old 'self' behind, i've done nothing for money, have been writing philosophical essays and what i call 'philosetry' that i give away to all who want it... and i now provide for free, the same writing help for which i used to be paid up to $150/hr...
     
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    I write for the fun of writing as of the moment, and to sort of get healthy release. But I would like to write for a living...still a student at the moment. :(
     
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    I write because I have a story to tell, because it's my outlet, because it helps clear my mind and, I think, it makes me a better person for doing so. So I dont write for money. I dont have a job anyway.

    However, if I ever feel proud enough about a project, I'll gladly share it with the world and hope it would sell and sell and sell. :)
     
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    I write because it's what makes me feel alive.
     

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