Writers’ Motives: Money?
have stopped writing years ago if it were for the money.” I use this quotation
from Paulo Coelho as the header for this blog. I certainly don’t write these
blog entries for the money. So why am I lured back to continue with it?
I may not haul in the big bucks with my books, but it nevertheless makes more financial sense to just spend my time working on my next book. But then it also makes more financial sense for me to spend the time taking some job at minimum wage, for I’d be earning more per hour than I do writing.
Allegedly Samuel Johnson once said that "No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money." Well then, there are a helluva lotta blockheads out there. And clearly all poets are hopelessly blockheads, for even the most renown have to support themselves by other means.
So at least I’m in good company.