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Getting Paid to Write

My sister-in-law recently told me that Mozart never wrote anything he didn’t get paid to write. I found this depressing; he didn’t┬ácompose for the pure creative release it provided? She found it inspiring; he knew that his work was good enough that he should be paid for it. He also knew that he didn’t want to be a “starving artist.” If he was going to create, he was going to find a way to support himself doing it.

I’ve recently started writing articles for textbroker.com. So far I’ve made $17. I’ve written articles about improving your gas mileage, using a lesson-plan template, using a pet-transport service, 3 new video games, and finding oil rights in Oklahoma. I’m currently working on an article about synthetic roofing materials. Woot.

So the question is, is it worth it? I can’t get a job outside the home (not that I want one!) because my husband works too much, but I need to help make some extra money somehow. Writing is the only talent I have, so I’ve found a way to make some money doing it. But in so doing, I use my spare time writing about anonymous .coms and not working on my novel(s). Of course, blogging also takes from my writing time, and I don’t even make $0.014 per word for it.

I just always envisioned myself making money from my writing through major publication. Like, Orson Scott Card, Brandon Sanderson publication. You know, if you’re going to dream, dream big. I never dreamed of doing black-hat SEO work for pennies an hour. The problem is, even major publishing authors need varied revenue streams. I just don’t want this to be it for me.

For now, I’m going to keep making what little I can to contribute toward the bills. But I have to be careful not to let it rob me of my committment to be published, and I don’t mean just on houstonroofingsynthetics.com.

I have recently submitted a story to flashfictiononline.com, and I’m prepping a story to submit to Writers of the Future. I’m now ready to power through my already outlined YA novel, and maybe I can have it ready to do something with by next LTUE. I guess now I have to get ready to start collecting rejection slips. Can’t wait.

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Hello.

*crickets chirping*

After three years of my blog being dark, I found two comments awaiting moderation. I find this hilarious because I think I had maybe 2 readers ever to begin with, and these comments were from strangers. How are people finding this blog? I have no idea.

Anyway, I think it’s time to start it up again. I’m writing more again, so I guess it’s time to start writing about writing again.

My most exciting current project is a story I just finished and plan to submit to Writer’s of the Future. I’ve finally written an ending that satisfies me, and now I need to polish the heck out of it.

In other news, why hasn’t Twitter gone away? I don’t know how to use it, and I therefore don’t like it. Also, what the heck is Tumblr? Isn’t that just another blog site?

What are you writing?

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