Work Your Job for Free if I Shouldn’t Write for Money

Why are writers and artists criticized for putting in the work to support themselves and families?

George Chambers
Jul 29, 2019 · 3 min read

t’s interesting that artists and writers get criticized if they are money motivated. They hear about selling out. Who is to say how one is to make a living? There’s nothing wrong writing to improve your financial situation and impact others in a positive way at the same time.

We don’t go about our day thinking people who provide us goods and services are selling out. Should doctors practice medicine for free because of the type of work they do?

If you say you have passion for or love your job, would you keep going to work if they decided not to pay you? If the answer is no, then you should never say an artist or writer is selling out because they want to make money.

We still set in the belief the best way to make a living is working 60 hours a week for an employer who can let you go at any moment on a whim. Which person is doing more for their family? Is it the person who created enough income outside of traditional employment writing or the one going to work six days a week?

We don’t go about our day thinking people who provide us goods and services are selling out.

Writers and artists provide goods and services like any other profession. If a good or service is monetized, it provides for a need. Our work is a good or service that someone can use to become more educated and improve their life.

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I write for money and I’m not ashamed of it. A normal job in a big city doesn’t provide enough to raise a family, live debt free and enable me to save enough for early retirement. I’m writing to create a second source of income that I can fall back on if I’m out of a job. It’s irresponsible for me not to write for money if I don’t have enough income outside of a job to have a comfortable life.

Writers and artists provide goods and services like any other profession.

It isn’t anyone’s business to judge how you make money if it’s honest and legal. Don’t let anyone tell you how you should make a living. The critics and naysayers of what you do never put food on your table.

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