Sunday, May 17, 2009

Happy belated Writers Worth Day

Well, Writers Worth Day was Friday, and I forgot to blog. Instead I spent the day with my husband, who had taken the day off, and made up a few hours of work in the evening.

Being able to take days off like this is, I think, one of the strongest arguments for upholding your worth as the writer. If you take low-paying jobs, you'll have to work almost constantly just to keep up with your bills. If you only take jobs that pay professional wages, on the other hand, you can afford to have a personal life as well as a great career.

Low-paying writing work is demoralizing, not only because it forces you to work for a pittance, but also because it usually leaves you with no free time. Being able to balance my need for income with my desire to spend time on my hobbies is my biggest reason for setting my rates where I do. What's yours?

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