The Old Soldier is here to give you some tough love.
So, you want to be a writer. Then you better get a real job or you’re going to starve to death. Or you better have an understanding significant other who will support your writing habit. Or you better inherit some money or strike oil while digging in your vegetable garden.
When I say writing is all about the money, I’m talking about the money a writer needs to sustain himself or herself as he or she writes.
Here’s a fact. You can research it. 99% of all writers DO NOT make a living from writing.
Now if you are one of the 1% of writers who do make a living from their writing, more power to you. But if you’re in the 99% like me, writing is all about the money it takes to keep you writing.
It took me years to learn this very simple lesson. Before I did learn this lesson, I lived at the Salvation Army, the YMCA and was homeless for a few months because as a young writer I had a very casual attitude toward money.
I had such a casual attitude toward money that, guess what, for years I didn’t do any real writing because I was trying to keep body and soul together. Now that I’m retired and getting a social security check and two pension checks every month, I don’t have to worry about money for the first time in my career as a writer. I’m in hog heaven. But don’t wait until you’re ready for social security before you secure some form of financial support for yourself. You got to get some money now!
So, writing really is all about the money.