Its tax season as we all are very aware, I'm sure. I gathered up all my income and all my expenses that were writing oriented for the last year and now the question of the day is: Was it worth it? But then, that leads to another more real question. What was I actually writing for?
Some people write because they have dreams of being famous and rich and all that goes with it. Me? I do not want to be famous, and yet...I do want my name "Courtney Rene" to be known. Such as, "Did you see the new Courtney Rene book comes out on the 8th? I dont want to be afraid to leave my house for fear of being bombarded by strangers, fans though they may be. So fame..no thanks. Riches, oh yes I could use that. Couldn't we all. The dreams I have had of what I would do if I only had to be a writer, ahhhh that would be just lovely. I dont think I would know exactly what to do with myself if I could just sit down all day and write. If only.....but I dont actually write for the money, although it is a nice perk and a good excuse to hit the shoe store or Harry and David.
Some people write for the love of writing. Yes I can see that too. I love dropping into a story and working my way out of the problems that I have set for the MC, or creating new worlds, or dare I say it...falling in love. But after I have created my masterpiece, the true joy for me is having someone else read it and like it or hopefully fall in love with it and demand more. So its not just for the love of writing either for me.
I would say in the end, I simply love to write. I love the fantasy, the stories, the what-if of it all. I want others to enjoy what I have fought to create, and in the end, I want to be paid for it so that I can write more and maybe in the future have writing be my JOB and not just my part-time hobby.
How much is my time worth? I guess the real answer is, I dont really know. It wasn't worth much this past year in terms of money. But in terms of accomplishments and joy, now that's another story entirely.
What are you writing for?