Like most writers, I write for the joy I get from writing.
With the ability to self-publish nowadays, though, money is one of the reasons a person decides to author a book.
Forget the fame. Forget the feelings of euphoria you get when you see your name in print, on the cover of a book. Forget interacting with fans.
Those writers do it for the money. That’s it.
It’s pretty sad, really.
What’s sadder is when an author hopes to make money from his/her book… and doesn’t.
Like me, for instance. I make more money through freelancing and by having AdSense in place on Wording Well.
Of course, I don’t write to make money. Well, not solely to make money. 😉
I write for the sheer joy I get from writing.
I think most writers do.
When I Write
Here is a poem I wrote (originally published on Poetry Perfected and reposted here):
When I write, I love myself
I lose track of time
I forget about watching TV
I love me.
When I write, I feel better
My self-worth is raised
My heart becomes full
I am inspired.
When I write, I achieve greatness
I change peoples’ lives
I elevate their souls
I help you.
When I write, I experience joy
I feel the warmth flow in my veins
To the paper – or the screen
I am exported to another world only other writers understand
But I provide another world to readers
when I write.
Why do you write?
Tell me. I’d like to know.