My friend Chirag sent me this quote, thinking it might infuriate me considering my chosen profession:
Writing is like prostitution. First, you do it for the love of it, then you do it for a few friends, and finally you do it for the money.
I didn’t find it offensive. In any case, that isn’t how I think of writing. Perhaps some other people do (I don’t know them) but I don’t write solely for the money. Sure, I like to get paid for any work I might take up, but it’s not why I do what I do. I love putting words to paper (or type them to appear on a screen, as it mostly is nowadays!) and making my thoughts accessible to others. It’s good to have an opinion, and even better to discuss them.
The last year has been focused on writing in a big way. I had my Masters degree taking up a chunk of the year, which I found challenging and so much more beneficial than I ever thought possible. I’ve probably written more this year than I ever have before. I still get a thrill out of seeing my name in print…a little shiver through my spine that makes me think: “Yes! I’ve written something worthy of other people’s attention. I’ve written something people will read and react to – whether positively or negatively.”
I write for the love of it and while I might help out a friend here and there, I think I’d rather take a hiatus than let it be all about the money.
I write because I can and I look forward to so much more in 2011. To pens, keyboards and whatever else used to publish our thoughts! Happy 2011.