I know a lot of people, A LOT, and have many friends. It’s
from my years in church, and in ministry. When the word first got out that I
was writing – had written a book – I began getting messages or being contacted
by people that I hadn’t seen or talked to in awhile.
All are good people, dear people, and those I admire and
love. But the underlying reason for them contacting me was they assumed I was
riding a crest of wealth now – you know, being an author and all. It was a
subtle way to remind me of the good work they’re involved with.
I am a giver by nature. I don’t need to be coaxed or
strong-armed into giving. The truth is, though, I’ve never had a lot of
available resources for giving. And, are you ready for this….writing usually
costs more to do than I’ll ever see returned in royalties, etc.
That is true for most writers, at least those I hang out
with. Unless you become a Debbie Macomber, Stephen King, James Patterson,
Nicholas Sparks, or any number of famous, prolific writers, there’s just not a
lot of money to be made for the beginning or struggling writer.
This truth hit home with me almost immediately. My
income/expense spreadsheet is always in the red. BUT, I keep writing. I write
for the love of writing. I love words. Not just words, but the ability to
string words together to tell a story.