Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Camp Yippee

DAY 46

Word Count: 29,654

Sentence of the Day: "We may be a dead house, but we ain't no fleetin' fly-by-night kind of joint."


FACT: Only 10% of writers make a living solely by writing books. That figure includes every title sold in every category, not just Christian.

What's your gut reaction to that? Horrified or relieved? Let's visit each of these campgrounds and see where you pitched your tent.

Camp You've-Got-To-Be-Kidding-Me

This is the doom and gloom kind of reaction. Discovering that only 1 out of 10 writers actually make enough moolah to survive is a kidney punch to your dream. You wonder if it's seriously true, and if it is, then you're taking your ball and going home, never to write again. You feel it's a waste of time to pound out thousands of words if their monetary value is less than a pack of gum. Writing is stupid. You're done.

Camp Yippee! I'm not alone!

If after reading that 9 out of 10 authors slapped a smile on your face and added a bounce to your step, then you are a writer at heart. Writing is more than a paycheck. It's air. And it's a comfort to know that there are many, many others out there who write for peanuts just like you. This fact doesn't deter you in the least from typing your fingers to the bone day after day.

So...which camp are you in? Personally, my orange nylon shelter is staked at Camp Yippee.

6 comments:

Ane Mulligan said...

I'm with you. I didn't start out writing to make a living. I started writing to clear a few of those voices out of my head! Only problem is new ones take their place as soon as one is on paper. I guess that means I'll keep writing until the Lord takes me home.

Michelle Griep said...

Well as your crit partner, that's a double yippee for me!

Gwendolyn Gage said...

I'm with you in Camp Yippee. :-) Honestly, I don't know if I ever want to try to make a living as an author. I don't know that I could write two or three quality books a year, plus promote them and keep up on social media. I certainly don't want the stress that comes with that kind of goal! I'm happy seeing my writing as a ministry, and any money I make off of my stories as an unexpected blessing. :-)

Michelle Griep said...

Amen Gwen! The more the merrier. I just knew we were kindred spirits... Sorry, didn't mean to creep you out.

5020genesis said...

I am yet to be published, aside from magazines, but I was pretty aware of the reality. I think it's good to know this up front. I currently teach music and it's a pretty fun job so I think I will be okay with maintaining that position WHEN I get my first novel published. (I am still going to think positive about that though!!)
-Melissa Finnegan

Michelle Griep said...

You're right, Melissa...it is good to know these kinds of things up front. Saves you from having to curl into the fetal position and cry for your mommy when cold reality whaps you upside the head.

Thanks for stopping by!

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