Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Is money Important for a Writer?

This is a question that perhaps goes in the mind of any person who wants to be a writer? In the past, I used to think this question is only for people like me living in third world countries like Bangladesh. Here, earning money through writing is very difficult. First of all, the payment by most newspapers and magazines is inadequate and irregular. May be there is an exception or two but exception is not rule. Now, I know that the same kind of uncertainty exists in USA too. Still, there is no shortage of people like me who are dying to become a writer. I wonder why do we care to become writers when we know that it is a field with financial uncertainty?

On the other hand, in our daily life, we need money for everything. No matter how much we try, we cannot escape this reality unless you come from a very rich family. So, money is very important for everyone including a writer. I think that the problem is many people tend to think that writing and money are two different things. I do not agree with them. My idea is that you have to make adjustments in your life in every job. You have to try to earn money by using your skill. The same way, in writing, you cannot always write what you like or want. For example, if I could I would just write short stories every day. However, until now, I could write only 4-5 short stories in the last one decade. Instead, I had to most of the time write for newspapers on business and computer related topics and then for the last 3 and half years, I have been blogging full time on different topics.

This is my literature blog but I hardly can update it because it does not bring money. In fact, earning money through a literature blog is extremely difficult. So, I have to make some adjustments. Well, what I have is the dream that may be someday, I can give a lot of time for this blog.

For the last few days, I have got an idea to publish a serial novel in this blog. The basic idea is that once a week, I would update some parts of a novel. This way, I do not need to give a lot of time but the readers can have something. Anyway, this is possible when I have some regular readers. Hopefully, it will happen soon.

1 comment:

  1. I think what you are saying is true in a way, but it is actually the printing that needs money and not the writing itself, wouldn't you say? Printing has become such a huge industry, but thankfully now, because of the internet, publishing your own writing has become much easier for people, even though this too has its own problems.