It’s been an interesting journey this year, and my first one really and truly focused on my writing craft. I’ve written many pieces on my own, both fiction and non-fiction. I’ve also joined a content generation company and have ghost-written non-fiction pieces for various customers in return for money.
In the end, I’m trying to figure out the sustainability game. And it’s a common question for writers.
How do I make money as a writer?
Then, how do I make a living as a writer?
I’ve gone down multiple paths to answer the first question. There are many more and maybe some day I will pursue them all. At this point in my writing career, I’m reminded of Chris Rock’s famous comedy bit when he tells of his roots cleaning shrimp and making shite money. Just trying to survive in this world. This is me cleaning shrimp.
But the second question remains elusive. And I don’t think it’s something I’ll be able to figure out anytime soon. You need lots of experience to be a great writer and no matter how many books or blog posts you read, podcasts you listen to, and classes you take, the knowledge doesn’t just transform your writing overnight. You have to put it into practice. It’s a long, challenging road. But one that I’ve been through before with my previous career.
So while I’m going through my transformation, I’ll be continuing my side hustles to sustain. Cheers to everyone else on this journey!
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I myself have written for a living for a while, but for some reason, I still don’t feel like I’m truly making a living through my writing, since they’re mostly full-time jobs or freelance work.
To make money from my fiction though? That’d be amazing. Anyway, wishing you all the best no matter your path!
Thank you so much for the support! It could absolutely be a pipe dream to go full time writing. But I’m going to try.
I recently read this article on Medium, which motivated me. It seems like it’s not completely out of reach! https://twistedcrowpress.medium.com/earn-an-income-writing-short-stories-2c25f46c16ea