Money is the one thing you really need to succeed as a writer.
It might be even more important than talent.
Because essentially there’s no such thing as talent.
There’s just putting in the work, time and effort to get better at what you do.
It’s a patience game.
And money can buy patience.
At the end of the day it’s all about patience and consistently putting in the work.
Here’s the truth about writing (and pretty much everything else in life)…
Getting better what you do takes time.
A lot of time.
And that takes money.
And the more time it takes, the more money you’ll need.
Because life is expensive.
And here’s where it gets tricky…
The more time you’d spend writing, the less time you’d have to make a living.
And the less time you’d spend writing, the longer it would take you to get better at writing.
And consequently the longer it would take you to succeed as a writer.
And whenever money is tight, you’d be super stressed out and you’d have to focus on making money instead of writing.
Even if you really loved writing and are really passionate about it.
So it’s a constant up and down and up and down.
And you’d never be able to focus on writing.
So you’d never succeed as a writer.
Or anything else as a matter of fact.
So what do I suggest?
First of, don’t try to make money writing.
Because that moment might never come.
And if that moment comes it might take you years and years and years.
I made less than a cleaning lady for almost three years.
And even today I still don’t make money writing.
I do a lot of other things at the same time.
A few years ago I even wrote about how blogging is dead.
So if you’re REALLY serious about writing and maybe even love it, then I’d suggest this…
Try to find a way to cover your basics first.
Maybe you work an “easy” job.
Maybe you keep your day job.
Maybe you have a few side hustles.
I don’t know.
But if you want to succeed as a writer, you’ve gotta find a way to cover your basics first.
Or else you’d never be able to really focus on writing and getting better at it.
Even the famous Joanne K. Rowling rags to riches story misses an important point that no one ever talks about.
She had her basics covered…
Sure, she was on welfare.
Which probably wasn’t really all that great.
But she could focus on writing books (which was her only way out, which might also have been a big part of the reason why she succeeded).
She probably wrote dozens of unpublished and unfinished books before she published her first bestseller.
She had time…
As a matter of fact, time was probably the only thing she had.
The one thing that most of us don’t have anymore.
And time is absolutely essential to get better at your craft.
No matter what your craft is.
So if you want to succeed as a writer, make sure you’ve somehow got your basics covered first.
And that’s the one thing you really need to succeed as a writer (that no one ever talks about)…
[Related: I stopped giving a shit a long time ago]