One author quipped that in the United States more people earn their living from playing Major League Baseball than from being full-time novelists. Ouch! The truth is, few people make their living full-time from writing.
One author quipped that in the United States more people earn their living from playing Major League Baseball than from being full-time novelists.
And most of those full-time authors earn their income from a variety of sources. For example, I write books, am a commercial freelance writer, and publish magazines and e-zines. From these three areas, I earn my living as a full-time writer. Most full-time authors have a similar situation.
Though I hope to one day make my complete living through writing books—and have a plan to get there—I’m not there yet. I might never achieve that goal, but it is my dream.
Being a full-time writer is possible, but it takes patience and creativity. Also, don’t expect to get rich through writing. If you happen to make a lot of money through writing, consider it a bonus. Instead, resolve to be satisfied living a simple life and able to cover your basic living expenses through writing.
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