This is the endless debate.
To some, writing is a thankless job. A personal hobby that deserves only oohs and aaahs. ‘Oh, your words are so moving’ is basically what they feel writing deserves.
And for another set, its the far opposite. They are writing mercenaries. You pay, I write. Some even go on to do quite aggressive ‘copying and pasting’ from the net to meet up with the numerous jobs they take on. They are willing to dip their hand in every writing pie as long as long as it will pay the bills.
I don’t take sides. But I will simply advocate a balance and share what has worked considerably for me. Do note.
1. The mercenary is a Jack of all trades and master of none. His knowledge of writing is only as deep as the job of the moment requires him to. The hobbyist is a full-time pleasure reader; this pays off in the long run, but his skill still remains blunt somewhat as he isn’t deliberate in learning the do’s and don’ts of WRITING.
Balance: Do it for the craft. Do it for the job. But make sure that you are developing your writing skills constantly, job or not.
2. The mercenary writer soon overburdens himself. Since, his biggest motivation is the money, he will take on any job, as long as it pays, and he or she soon finds out he . The hobbyist doesn’t even know people pay for written content. he is content in his non-profit bubble.
Balance: Pick an area of writing expertise and focus your strength there. Explore, but do not spread yourself too thin across different jobs. Understand that good content (spoken or written) is what sells and earns. Understand that good content brings monetary profit. Treat it with such value.
3. The mercenary most likely understands that words shape societies and charges appropriately. The hobbyist writer is ignorant of this. he does not know fully the power of words. Written words are ‘personal’, he or she says.
Balance: I agree with the mercenary. Charge appropriately, except in cases you choose not to.
So, which one are you: MERCENARY or HOBBYIST? What steps will you take to create a balance if you are on either of these extremes now? Share with me in the comments!
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