Happy Friday! Today, I’m enamored by this quote by poet and novelist, Robert Graves. It reminds us that money can never be the end-goal of writing, but that that’s okay.
Sometimes, I think it’s almost easier to say you’re not in it for the money before you get published, because even if it’s a long-shot, you can always dream of your book going to auction, of that huge deal, of being the next J.K. Rowling right out the door (p.s. not even J.K. Rowling was J.K. Rowling right out the door), but once you get your first deal, you’re faced with a number, a paper, a contract. You have a dollar amount that says: This is how much your art is worth.
While I’m working hard towards a time when that dollar amount is enough to be my sole income, it’s important to remember that that is not the goal. The goal is to write something beautiful and of value to others–and to yourself. Some art will be rewarded monetarily, some won’t. Some works that are not authentic hardly truly valuable will earn money in droves. It’s a lottery ticket. But for now, at least, I feel very thankful that some people, during these crazy economic times, are willing to shell out a few bucks for The After Girls, something that is very special and important to me.
So here’s to writing, and here’s to day jobs, eating in, and all the other things that are a part of a writer’s life.