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Survey on full-time writing (Vote, vote, vote)

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Ban, May 21, 2020.

What are your writing ambitions?

  1. I am a full-time professional writer

    3 vote(s)
    11.1%
  2. I would like to be a full-time professional writer

    10 vote(s)
    37.0%
  3. I would like to write as a sidejob, but wouldn't like to be a full-time professional writer

    10 vote(s)
    37.0%
  4. I am purely a hobbyist and don't want to earn money from writing

    4 vote(s)
    14.8%
  1. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

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    We've probably had one of these before, but I am curious to see what the ambitions (and current situation) of folks on this forum are at the moment. Hopefully a lot of people will answer the poll so we can get a good overview. Feel free to elaborate on your position, but this is not necessary if you do not feel like it.

    Personally I've gone for option 3. Already write on the side and I don't have any personal issues with money entering the equation, but I know myself well enough to see I'm too much of a dreamer to will myself to work if I was completely self-employed.
     
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  2. Night Gardener

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    I can see myself as a potentially fulltime career writer, but I also have other talents and skills I would want to keep cultivating professionally. In my opinion, they're all complimentary ambitions... I guess the better answer is I'd like to have designated, scheduled time to write every day, but probably could not physically write all day every day. Not unless I can find a portable, hands-free (reliable) typing device that I could dictate to while doing other things. That would be a game changer...
     
  3. The Dark One

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    I think there are one or two categories left out of the survey.

    I'll bet my current condition is not unusual on the forum: I am a commercially published author who doesn't make my living entirely from writing, but I'd like to.
     
  4. Miles Lacey

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    For me, I am a part-time writer but I get paid in kind rather than money. Ideally, I'd like to become a full-time writer but the New Zealand market for full-time writers has all but collapsed so I doubt I would be able to make a career out of it any time soon.
     
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  5. The Dark One

    The Dark One Archmage

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    Publishing is on its knees in Australia also, but I do think that opens up opportunities for independent authors...as long as they're good.
     
  6. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

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    My bad, I should have included 'I am a part-time writer and don't want to write full-time'.
     
  7. This was true of myself until I hit 40 Ban. Can't even begin to say what changed but, given the opportunity to make a living making things, and pulling from my childhood and imagination, I found the way to settle into balancing out the dreamer vs structure battle and will myself to carry on though on my own.

    I'm still bad at making deadlines, self organizing etc but my customers are very understanding and when you are making custom items that they can't get made anywhere else, there tends to be a lot of leeway there. I imagine writing would be the same, should I be so fortunate one day. I've found a way to fit in two hours of it every day, first thing, before my "work day" begins. I've given up a lot to do what I do and don't miss any of it at all now. Not the social life, not the various periphery friends and outings. Maybe that was what changed. I've narrowed the have to's down to a select few and cut out all my social media, blogging, etc except that which pertains to what I love most to do. In the end, with less to distract, I don't find myself feeling near to as scattered as I once did. Once I may have defined the term social butterfly but I've come to enjoy our more monastic schedule and hermit-like existence. It feels settled to me. I can see writing fitting into that and being part of the fulfillment in it as well. I write best in silence and without any distractions. :)
     
  8. Insolent Lad

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    I have too many other creative interests to devote myself full-time to any one of them.
     
  9. A. E. Lowan

    A. E. Lowan Forum Mom Leadership

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    This is what I do. I drink (coffee) and I write things. Mostly in my pajamas.
     
  10. ThinkerX

    ThinkerX Myth Weaver

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    I lack the temperament to be a full time professional author. Anymore, even writing on the side is a struggle. Still, I persist...
     
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  11. Kasper Hviid

    Kasper Hviid Troubadour

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    That's me in a nutshell.
     
  12. I would love to write full time. Though it's going to be a long journey and hard work to get there.
     
  13. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

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    Pretty good turnout so far on the voting! I had expected more people to opt for option 4, seeing as the presence of money might lead to writer anxiety. Let's see if the trend towards option 3 remains.
     
  14. Orc Knight

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    You know me well enough that I will say hobby. It is who I am. I write for fun to get away from the day to day.
     
  15. Svrtnsse

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    I had the opportunity to go full time writer for a while, but didn't pull it off. I don't have enough self-discipline to manage the amount of work required, and my books didn't sell even remotely close to enough. I'm back to working full time again, and the writing is going pretty well, all things considered. I'd like to be able to work part-time, though, but that's for once I figure out how to actually make money off of my books. :p
     
  16. Demesnedenoir

    Demesnedenoir Istar

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    I am (hopefully) transitioning from part to full-time writing. I have been running even or in the black in ROI for a few months, it’s (hopefully) a matter of getting the next book out along with audiobooks in order to scale up the advertising and income. I might shop the book after the one I’m finishing now to Trad, but I’m not patient with that sort of thing.
     
  17. Ruru

    Ruru Troubadour

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    Nice to see another Kiwi on the forum! I haven't managed to make the publishing scene yet, but I have got the feeling that there isn't a whole lot going on in the market here at the moment.

    For me, I would love to have writing as a side job, partially because I'm realistic about my ability to write enough to support myself that way, but also because I take a lot of inspiration from the other things I do day to day, and I think that helps my writing.
     
  18. Miles Lacey

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    Ruru - We'd better be careful. If we find one more Kiwi here we'll probably form a committee. As Jesus said, "Where three or more Kiwis gather, they shall form a committee."
     
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  19. skip.knox

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    I guess it's a sidejob, though I don't care for the term. I write because I'm a writer. It appears to be what I do and have always done. Nowadays I can self-pub, so I do that, in hopes that others will enjoy my Altearth tales. It would be nice to break even on costs, but beyond that I have no financial ambitions. Money may not be the root of all evil, but it's one of its branches.
     
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  20. Ruru

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    Miles Lacey - That is very true. We do love to form committees :LOL:
     
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