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How to make a comfortable living as a writer

January 14th, 2012 · No Comments

Jen asked me to write a post for her blog on how to make a comfortable living as a writer. Comfortable? Can’t say that. But take a read here.

From the piece:

I thought, How should I know? My writing doesn’t make my living comfortable. But it does cover my mortgage most months. And that’s something. So here’s how I did it.

I wrote.

Simple, yeah. But that was the first step. Let me elaborate.

I wrote fiction in my teens and twenties. I knew I had writing chops but was unwilling to toss myself into the life of a poverty-stricken author or work in academia. So I became an investment advisor. In the early 2000s after years of dormancy, I dusted off those little used writing skills and wrote The Pure Investor. I self-published it and gave it to my clients and prospective clients. It wasn’t fiction, my first love, but it was writing. Some folks read it. Most folks ignored it. One who didn’t ignore it was a newspaper editor.

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