How to stop worrying about not earning a living from your writing




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You there!

Yes, you, skulking at the back behind the stack of half-finished novel manuscripts, the mountain of mouldy coffee cups and the dogeared copy of On Writing.

You with the mole-like eyes, squinting into the sunlight as if you’ve been hiding in a cave for the last month.

You with the calloused fingers worn to nubs, the hunch and the haunted look as if you’re hearing the voices of a whole cast of characters other people can’t.

You’re a writer, aren’t you? Thought so.

Let me ask you –

Do you earn thousands of pounds every year from your writing?
Do your books top the New York Times bestsellers list?
Have your stories been adapted for film, turned into multi-million dollar, block-busters, viewed by every nation across the planet?


Then you are part of the 98% of authors who DON’T make a good living from their writing.

Depressed but still want to write?

Be depressed no more, my hunchback, moley, squinty, fingerless chum.

Just pop along to the Mslexia blog, where I will cure you of all your money worries.

100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.*


*Please be aware that satisfaction in this product is in no way guaranteed. No refunds.

And while your there, why not check out Sonya’s post on how to find readers for your blog – maybe with her help, you can make your first million.








28 thoughts on “How to stop worrying about not earning a living from your writing

    1. Ah, Susie – if I had it in my power to hand out wodges of cash to those who deserve it … I’d probably have no money left by now 🙂 All we can do is keep going, keep trying to be creative – maybe one days our ships will come in.

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      1. Mmm. If only we could track down that rainbow. Though rainbows themselves are magical things – they leave me awestruck even now. I guess I’ll have to make do with that and leave the pot of gold 🙂

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      2. I wrote this yesterday and it certainly was. It was that ray of precious sunshine that did it. It got me all wistful 🙂 How about you, Susie – followed any rainbows recently?

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      1. So many say the same, yet I still haven’t read it. i do agree to an extent – since I’ve dropped most of my adjectives and adverbs, it’s definitely tightened my prose. The odd one feels acceptable, though – just occasionally 🙂

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    1. I confess – I’ve never read it myself! But soooo many people think it’s marvellous, THE book to read ‘on writing’. And yes, I read elsewhere today about his hatred of adverbs. Nothing wrong with the odd one, I think. 🙂

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      1. Working on my third. I was glad to see yours go up yesterday, so it won’t matter too much if I’ll take another couple of days. I find them quite hard to write, I don’t want to sound like a boring how-to book…

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  1. I go through phases. I torment myself over the fact that I don’t make a dime and, in fact, have few readers on my blog. But then I occasionally let go and just enjoy writing for what it is. It’d be nice if I had an income or never cared that I don’t. I think it’s going to be a lifelong struggle. You’ll just have to catch me on my good days, I suppose.

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    1. Oh, I feel your pain! It’s so hard not to equate success in writing with at least a certain amount of monetary gain. It’s the old chestnut of when when can any of us call ourselves ‘writers’ – is it when we write every day: when we earn our first money from it? Or can we only describe ourselves as such when it’s our main income? If so, I don’t think I’ll be changing my official job description any time soon 🙂


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