Are you a full-time writer? Would you like to be? I am, and I would, because it still doesn’t mean I get to do nothing but write all day. There’s more to this job (yes, it’s a job) than making word count.
The end of this month marks 4 years as a full-time writer. When I pay the June rent it will mark 48 consecutive months of covering all of the bills with nothing other than the money I earn doing this. Each month I mark the occasion by hoisting a middle finger to the people who doubted me, and who still wonder when I’m going to get a “real” job.
(I have to note here, petulantly, that some of those people are currently out of work and unable to pay their rent. While I feel for people that are struggling, I still feel that I ought to be able to lord it over my haters that I paid my April and May rent just fine.)
Yet if I am lucky, I still only get write for 2 to 4 hours per day. The rest of my time goes into editing, accounting, layout, graphics (I create my own covers), marketing, sending emails, answering emails, blogging (this post does not count toward my daily word count), and a hundred other little things. Working from home, that’s interspersed with making lunch, cleaning the kitchen, doing the laundry, and other chores.
A Full-Time Writer
This is a job. A hard one, at that. I need to hustle every day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I need to make word count every single day, so that I constantly have new content to publish. Anyone who has romantic notions that being a full-time writer really means reading books and binging Netflix until your muse strikes has no idea what it means to seriously pursue this as a career.
The Merry Writer is a writer’s game on Twitter run by Ari Meghlen (@arimeghlen) and Rachel Poli (@RPoli3). Each day there’s a new question, and each month there’s a new theme. In these posts I expand upon the answers that I’ve posted on my Twitter.