It’s the Old Soldier here with some tough love for you.
Some fun money was deposited in my checking account this morning and you know what that means. I’m on my way to Armand’s in Little Italy to sit on a stool at the bar and to drink a few cans of beer and to think deep thoughts about life and writing as I watch the comings and goings of Liberty Avenue beyond the big window up front.
But I have an hour to kill before Armand’s opens. So, I thought I would repeat one of the core facts of the writing life. And what is this core fact of the writing life?
99% of all writers do not make a living from their writing.
That doesn’t mean you can’t make some money or get some recognition as a writer. (My flash fiction won me a fellowship that was worth around $64,000 for graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh.) You just are not going to make a living at writing. If this fact does not deter you. If you don’t just want to write but you need to write. If you simply cannot stop writing, then write. Learn your craft. Submit your work. Learn how to promote yourself and your work. And get a job that you like (or that you can at least tolerate) and then live your life and keep writing and enjoy the ride. Writing makes life so much more interesting.
I write. There for I am…