If you are really serious about being a writer of erotica, your first goal in life should be to secure some level of financial security that will allow you to keep writing.
This is a topic that I’ve commented on before several times in the pages of this magazine and I will no doubt continue to comment on it; because 99% of all writers do not make a living from their writing.
And that’s a fact, Jackie and Jack!
I’m not saying you can’t supplement your income by writing. I’m just saying that there’s a real good possibility you won’t make a living from your writing no matter how talented you are and no matter how much savvy you have about promoting your work.
Don’t let the success of Fifty Shades of Grey make you slap happy.
So, the smart writer of erotica will try to find a job that he or she likes and that provides two things.
- A Livable Income
- Time To Write
Now when I say you want a job that gives you “time to right” I’m not talking about writing on the job (although that would be sweet.) I’m talking about a job that is not so demanding of your time that you end up with little time to write. I mean a writer doesn’t just write. A writer has to live. I think it was Hemingway who said: “A writer has to live it up in order to write it down.”
When I was a young man, I was so convinced I was going to make my living as a writer that I had a very casual attitude toward work. I’m still paying for that wrong-headed attitude today and I’m retired.
So, position yourself financially to support your writing of erotica and the odds will be in your favor that you will find some level of success as a writer of sex as art and entertainment.
You might even make a steady income to supplement your main income.
This is the Old Soldier reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.