How to make passive income with your writing, without selling your soul…

Derek Murphy
WritetheMagic
Published in
4 min readMar 30, 2021

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I try to stay away from controversial Facebook threads but there’s one that keeps coming up: it’s a staple of newer, amateur writers who can’t get anyone to buy their books and secretly feel justified (“if the low-brow, uneducated public doesn’t “get” my books, it just means my writing is too good for them!”)

I’ve written a lot about writing and even made some money (six-figures+). But vaguely veiled, soft humble-brags about how writers choose to write for the passion, love and enjoyment over writing for money or to chase the trends or please the market always grate against my nerves. The unspoken prejudice is that passion-writers are objectively more inspired, more creative and more fulfilled than writers who are successful at publishing or marketing. That the unread writers with zero reviews are better than the popular authors with hundreds of reviews. I get that this is mostly inexperience, mixed with a bit of self-preservation.

“Amateur” literally means one who does for love, which is why HP Lovecraft (and dozens of others, but we’ll start with him), said:

“amateurs write purely for the love of their art, without the stultifying influence of commercialism.”

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Derek Murphy
WritetheMagic

I rent castles and chase kittens into dark alleys. PhD in in esoteric literature, creativity alchemist for authors, finish your best work @ www.creativindie.com