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More on Writing for nothing. Is money just the icing on the cake?

Should writers write for nothing? I’ve just found another quote about writing for nothing and I thought it would be a good companion to Mark Twain’s comment made a century or so ago. It is from another American, Brian Doyle, writing recently  in The American Scholar. The son of a journalist, he is the editor of Portland magazine at the University of Portland and the author of Mink River.

…Also get a job; eating is a good habit and you will never make enough of a living as a writer to support a family. Be honest with yourself about the size of your gift. Expect no money but be diligent about sending pieces out for publication. All money is gravy…

Should you write for nothing? Would you? Do you?

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6 comments on “More on Writing for nothing. Is money just the icing on the cake?

  1. mblobs
    December 29, 2013

    I have a job. My gift is not enormous, but I try and nurture it. A little gravy is better than a lot of the stuff, because then it´s easier to do without, especially since I haven´t really factored gravy into my diet. I write to be read. If I touch someone, I´m happy.

    • bridget whelan
      January 8, 2014

      Sorry not to have replied before – must be a glitch in the system (or me). Writing to be read strikes a chord with me as I’m sure it must do with many other writers.

  2. ann perrin
    December 29, 2013

    Love mblobs comment, I have always written about things I feel passionate about and was lucky enough to sell some if it. . Now write all the time for nothing but when I get ‘hits I guess I’ve touched someone and I am happy too.

    • bridget whelan
      January 8, 2014

      I think luck can play a part in this as you hint at Ann. I often feel that writers & actors have a lot in common – talent, ability & an inner emotional truth won’t necessarily win through in commercial terms unless you also happen to be in the right place at the right time/have the right look or subject for that season…but writers still need readers just as actors need an audience…

  3. mblobs
    December 29, 2013

    A lot of gravy will never be on my plate, Ann, and the little I may indulge in is quickly digested. The touch, though, lingers, as you also know. Thanks for your comment.

    January 16, 2014

    thanks for the follow and u r my 100th follower, i thank u for the support

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