Let’s say you’re one of those writers who has some clients, but not enough to generate a comfortable monthly income. One day you decide to buy a Powerball lottery ticket just for the hell of it, thinking you’ve probably just threw away money that would’ve been better spent on a bag of chips and a soda. Later, you nonchalantly scope out the winning numbers.
In seconds, you’re checking your numbers not once, but several times to make sure you’re not hallucinating. You’ve won! You’re an instant multimillionaire. You never have to type another letter for the rest of your life. You can stay in bed until noon and spend the rest of the day eating Twinkies and watching daytime talk shows–and not have to worry about how your bills will get paid.
Now that you’re among the filthy rich, would writing now become your hobby, or would you still write with the hopes of becoming published and building a client list?
Would writing be put on the back burner while you pursue other interests you never had the time nor the money to invest in?
Would you still write for low-paying content mills just to continue developing your writing skills?
Would you still write for clients with whom you have a good relationship with, but who pays you a lot less than you’d like?
Would you still write for publications who only offer publication and exposure rather than money?
Or would you finally start doing the type of writing that you always wanted to do? Like that novel or screenplay you never had time to write? Or self-publishing and marketing your own newly written book instead of submitting it to one agent after another?
I would enjoy being “in the money” and write fiction. I would enter fiction writing contests and submit short stories to various publishers. I would also invest a good copywriting course. I would still do work for current writing clients, but I would probably be very selective about potential new clients.
What about you? Would you still write if you won the lottery?