Is Writing Only for the Rich?

by Jeff Abbott on March 5, 2009

The Week’s Francis Wilkinson postulates that with the decline of value in content, writing will be become a pasttime for the rich:

But on the whole, the writing game seems likely to become even more a province of the upper middle class and flat-out wealthy than it is already. The offspring of the affluent, branded college degrees in hand, can afford to give it a go. But anyone hailing from more hardscrabble environs may find it too difficult to get traction before succumbing to the dismal economics of it all.

Well, the problem here is that writers just starting out should never expect to make their entire living from it. I sure didn’t. I got up at 4 AM to write for three hours a day before going to a very demanding day job that paid the bills. I didn’t write full time until book #7. I don’t think writing careers are made by the wealthy; they are made by the tenacious, and those too stupid and stubborn (like me) to give up.

Via a Twitter from Sarah Weinman.

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    Kristan March 5, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Maybe you’re both saying the same things in different ways? As the mountain gets steeper, fewer people will be able or willing to climb it the way you were, leaving the path open mainly to those who can afford to take their private helicopter to the top. (Or something along those lines.)
    Doesn’t mean people can’t or shouldn’t climb; just that it’ll be harder.
    Although goodness knows it’s hard enough already…

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