There are many reasons to take up writing. I will list a number of them below. However, if you want to write to become rich, choose a different route. Very few authors are rich. Most “professional authors” get a $30,000 royalty advance for each book they create – which a few authors can only turn out one book a year. Many of those books may no further royalties past the initial advance. Now this is according to the research I’ve done – as I am not a “professional author”. However, I believe this figure to be true. A good short story, which takes a novice a week to do (perhaps a professional could do it in a day), pays just about $50. That is if you are the 1%-5% that is accepted to be published. So writing is not about getting rich. So what are some reasons to take up writing?
- Words are powerful. Knowing how to put them together correctly gives you an advantage in day-to-day life.
- Writing is fun. I like to do some discovery writing; which means that I have no idea where the story will go when I start to write it. When it takes a surprising twist, it’s a surprise to myself as well!
- Writing can produce a “long tail”. To me this is the Holy Grail of writing. It is not that just one story or book was a mega bestseller. You have a number of small to okay sellers which all together produce an interesting effect. What you write continues to pay off years after you wrote it.
- Converting life into stories makes it easier for people to relate. I’ve heard the saying that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I believe the way to a woman’s heart is through her laughter. If you can keep her having fun and laughing, you are golden. Being able to take your daily life and turn that into a funny story is a key skill towards this.