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Ralph E Vaughan

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Re: Can WRITING be a full time job?
Posted: Jan 1, 2018 10:52 AM   in response to: campcomms in response to: campcomms
 
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campcomms wrote:
I've been a professional writer since 1969. Ads, brochures, newsletters, direct mail, online articles, industrial videos. I've had a very satisfying life doing what I like to do and was trained to do.

Are you saying that being a novelist is the only kind of writing that is worth anything or something to be proud of? I'm very proud of the professional writing I've accomplished.

Oh yeah. I publish novels on Amazon. Do I make a living at it? Heck no. But, yes, WRITING can easily be a full time job.


Any kind of writing can be enjoyable simply because it's writing and that's what real writers love to do. Do I have a consuming passion for off roading, mobile surgical hospitals, consumer safety, nuclear submarine winches, unlicensed weaponry, pest control, gardening, literary analysis, 35mm/120mm photography, woodworking instructions, cheese making, sports, support groups, bookbinding, Greek coins, etc etc etc? No, not necessarily, but I've written articles, pamphlets, books or manuals about them all and more. I love writing fiction because, there, I can write the books and stories I love to read, but no matter how little emotion I have invested in any particular subject, I've never written anything that I couldn't look back on and think, That's a darn good piece of writing.
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Posted: Jan 1, 2018 11:42 AM   in response to: Ralph E Vaughan in response to: Ralph E Vaughan
 
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Ralph:

Perhaps I didn't make it clear or perhaps it was obvious.

I've been a professional writer since 1969. And it doesn't matter if I was writing about savings and loans or diesel engines or murder mysteries. It's all writing and I loved and still love it all.
Ralph E Vaughan

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Posted: Jan 1, 2018 12:22 PM   in response to: campcomms in response to: campcomms
 
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campcomms wrote:
Ralph:

Perhaps I didn't make it clear or perhaps it was obvious.

I've been a professional writer since 1969. And it doesn't matter if I was writing about savings and loans or diesel engines or murder mysteries. It's all writing and I loved and still love it all.


No, just agreeing. Too many come here with the attitude, I am a writer, but I can only write my story.
Mary Peebels

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Re: Can WRITING be a full time job?
Posted: Jan 1, 2018 2:20 PM   in response to: Dapo Sodade in response to: Dapo Sodade
 
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Dapo Sodade wrote:

It doesn't seem a writer truly can survive on writing as a full time job to me. How are you guys surviving, sincerely?

Edited by: Dapo Sodade on Dec 29, 2017 5:38 PM


I'm not making a living from writing novels, but I've only been publishing them for two years. I've worked as a design and sales engineer for many years, creating advertising, brochures, and industrial training manuals and videos. My books are earning enough to pay a couple of monthly bills, and I bought some earrings on Amazon the other day. I feel good knowing that various writing skills have kept me working all these years.
Ron Chappell

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Re: Can WRITING be a full time job?
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 6:40 AM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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" I think I might have told you before, I liberally took mannerisms and cultural observations from your books to create one of my major characters in my main series."

Jonathan, My people have trouble surviving in their own world, it's gratifying to know one might make it in an alternate universe (smile).

Have a great new year!
Jonathan B

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Posted: Jan 2, 2018 8:10 AM   in response to: Ron Chappell in response to: Ron Chappell
 
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Ron Chappell wrote:
" I think I might have told you before, I liberally took mannerisms and cultural observations from your books to create one of my major characters in my main series."

Jonathan, My people have trouble surviving in their own world, it's gratifying to know one might make it in an alternate universe (smile).

Have a great new year!


You, too, my friend.
Nine Lives

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Posted: Jan 2, 2018 11:47 PM   in response to: Dapo Sodade in response to: Dapo Sodade
 
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I sure hope it can be.
People definitely make a living out of writing these days.
I also like the new crowdfunding platforms like Patreon, which help you make a decent amount of money apart from your sales.
Dapo Sodade

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Posted: Jan 15, 2018 5:52 AM   in response to: priya sood in response to: priya sood
 
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I hope it's as simple. But not to say it's impossible though. Calculating the risks involved might be much required...considering the cost of daily living and being able to cope while patiently hoping for the eventual breakthrough.
Dapo Sodade

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Posted: Jan 15, 2018 6:05 AM   in response to: Mary Peebels in response to: Mary Peebels
 
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A more realistic approach to say the least. I think having a side job or business shouldn't really after your writing... if one can manage oneself well. Or, are you being affected or distracted - somehow?
Dapo Sodade

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Posted: Jan 15, 2018 6:12 AM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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Quite logical. But, not necessarily what everyone should do. A good backup plan, though.
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Posted: Jan 17, 2018 4:39 AM   in response to: Dapo Sodade in response to: Dapo Sodade
 
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Welcome to dreamland where almost every sentence written is a prefabrication.
Don't tell me you quit your day job.
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Posted: Jan 17, 2018 6:06 PM   in response to: Dapo Sodade in response to: Dapo Sodade
 
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Dapo Sodade wrote:
It doesn't seem a writer truly can survive on writing as a full time job to me. How are you guys surviving, sincerely?

In answer to your question, for good savvy writers yes. For bad, inept writers, no.
Mary Peebels

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Posted: Jan 17, 2018 9:19 PM   in response to: Dapo Sodade in response to: Dapo Sodade
 
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Dapo Sodade wrote:
A more realistic approach to say the least. I think having a side job or business shouldn't really after your writing... if one can manage oneself well. Or, are you being affected or distracted - somehow?

I own the business and love the work I do. It's not a distraction or anything like that, since I find a lot of opportunities to be alone and write books. :)
Natasja

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Re: Can WRITING be a full time job?
Posted: Jan 17, 2018 11:25 PM   in response to: Dapo Sodade in response to: Dapo Sodade
 
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If you are a big-name author (Terry Pratchett, John Flanagan, Rick Riordan, JK Rowling, Steven King, etc) then yes.
You have enough of a reputation to get a massive advance from publishers falling over each other to get rights to your work, plus a decent wage off royalties, and events will pay you to come and talk. People will buy your books because you are the one publishing them, even if they didn't turn out the best.

I spoke to one of the above authors at an event we both attended, and they told me that their year was essentially divided into 1/2 writing, 1/4 promoting and 1/4 recovering/personal life. Sounds pretty full-time to me!

If you haven't reached that stage yet, it's a good idea to keep your day job.
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