I heard on CBC radio today that the average Canadian writer makes $11,000/ year. It kind of made me smile- it just confirms what I think I’ve suspected all along.
You have to write because you love writing.
The journey to get where I am has been a long one, and I am one of the lucky ones. Writers often write for ten years, 6-7 books before they get picked up.
So you can’t write for the money- and for goodness sake don’t write for the fame! Haha. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t know Stephen King if he came up to me and shook my hand… but maybe that’s just me.
For myself I guess it begins with the odd pleasure of putting one word after another. The pure act of creating a sentence. Oh sure I’ve got high and lofty reasons behind my work. The fact that I want to show the world beauty is one of them. But if you’ve really got to get down to it…
It’s just so darn fun.