Writing for Love or Money?

For Love or Money?Why do people only quote part of 1 Timothy 6:10? They say, “Money is the root of all evil.” The entire verse reads, however, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (NIV)

All writers struggle with writing for the love of writing and writing for the money. While the two are not necessarily ideas opposed to each other, they can cause some conflict. Stick around for a while and you will meet one of three types of writers:

  1. The writer who only writes for a paycheck.

  2. The writer who lives to write and happens to be paid for writing.

  3. The writer who never sells a thing, because they do it for “the love.”

As a published writer, I write for the love and I also receive payment. It is a business to me as much as it is a spiritual gift and vocation. Author Tyora Moody would call me a “literary entrepreneur” or someone who embraces the business of writing. Visit her site and download free chapters of her e-book The Literary Entrepreneur’s Toolkit: Building and Managing an Online Presence for Authors.

Consider these factors about being a writer:

  • It is a must to be a good steward over your gift as in being aware of the business aspects of writing.

  • Writing for the love of writing without payment is good but who gets to enjoy your work?

  • Money is not evil. It is what people do with money and how they choose to pursue that can be evil.

  • If you purchase books, then you are assisting someone by contributing to their income.

  • You can write for both the love of writing and for the money without losing your soul.

It is not good to make money the sole focus and purpose for writing. It is a sure way to diminish the quality of your writing and your credibility.

There is a balance. For the time you devote to writing, devote even more time to studying the business of writing. Go to Writer’s Digest for more information and read Tyora’s e-book for more insights.

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