do you thinkg that being a writer cold make you very rich peron ?

write a novel about her  - the beauty and the geek
@badwes (408)
United States
April 22, 2011 5:24pm CST
doe writing really pay ???
13 responses
@lady1993 (18607)
• Philippines
23 Apr 11
Yes, but it depends if you are a good writer. So you have to have talent first so that many people would read and buy what you write. You can even be like JK Rowling, or CS LEwis..the people who really made it big and even made movies of their novels.
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@badwes (408)
• United States
26 Apr 11
i have no talent , i read others novels and i know that my imagination is low sometimes , but i ahve alot of ideas , and alot of safe figures . i like long dialouges , i'm good at that since i'm d talkative type
@lady1993 (18607)
• Philippines
27 Apr 11
All you just need to do is practice, so you will get better. Focus on the things you are good at. And you can ask tips from good writers that you know, or just search the internet for some tips. BLogging can help you too.
• Philippines
26 Apr 11
I hate to say but sometimes it depends more on fate and circumstance. I say it because, as other tell you, writing is a hard job. It is not easy to please the audience you are writing for and your agent (if you have one) who cajoles you to write something out of thin air. Aside from pleasing skills, you need to have another set of skills that actually help you and make you write. Editors will forever belittle some writers due to their spelling, grammatical and even concept mistakes. Speaking of concepts, it is hard to think of concept that will make everybody happy and that happens before your first book ever gets printed or maybe your manuscript won't even set inside a publishing house. If you ever were 'discovered' by some big shot producer or agent, lucky you. Majoirty of the time, writers have blocks to keep them company for a long period of time. Look, a writer's world is mostly a bleak one. Sometimes, writers (like me) write for pleasure and not for work. But I will admit that I earn a modest income out of it. It's not like some desk job that follows routine, it's mandatory that you come up with something new, fresh and marketable. If you don't, you don't sell high. If you're looking for some money in the writing world, you have to productive and creative at the same time. If you that, maybe you can answer your question more accurately than we others can offer.
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@peavey (16822)
• United States
23 Apr 11
The chances of becoming rich from writing are small, but not impossible. Most writers can make a living if/when they apply themselves and work hard. Writing is not romantic or an easy way to live. It's hard work, just like anything else creative.
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@Arkine (216)
• United States
23 Apr 11
Yes, but it requires a lot of hard work, which most people that get into writing don't realize (most people seem to have a misconception that writers just sit around all day pounding on the keyboard, drinking coffee and eating snacks). It also requires skills in grammar, creative writing and having a good insight into what people do and don't like (researching your target audience). I wrote an article recently about some of the issues I have with big publishing houses and some of the problems I've dealt with on the path of self-publishing. You can view it if you'd like: http://writinghood.com/writing/trials-and-tribulations-of-self-publishing/ I don't go into great detail about the writing aspect, but I do touch on the marketing aspect which is where most authors start to stumble.
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• United States
22 Apr 11
From following my favorite author's blogs... yes and no. Yes, if you sell a whole lot of your writing. A lot as in, on the upper end of a million books. No, because the majority of writers don't sell even a tenth of that many. I write, and I want to be a writer, because I love it. I have no delusions about riches and fame.
@badwes (408)
• United States
24 Apr 11
no delusions about riches and fame :) this is said to me ?? !! maybe your are right afte r all , i just look at the image or the shell and don't search deep and over look the heart of the matter
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• United States
24 Apr 11
Yeah, it's sad to you. It's not directed at you! lol But I do know loads of people who think they'll be rich and famous because they write... and they haven't even finished a book yet! I considered writing the book the easy part. Then there's the people who think all writers are millionaires and that if I get published I will be too. That's not the case, and I'm a bit sick of having to diffuse everybody. If you write, you should write because you love it. Fame and fortune are NOT guaranteed... in fact they are highly unlikely.
• United States
24 Apr 11
*said to you* Sorry!
@Kirinx (1693)
• United States
23 Apr 11
Well of course you can if your books were very popular like the Harry Potter series.its possible I guess it just depends how fortunate you are.The author of harry potter got rich from selling all over the country.
• United States
24 Apr 11
J. K. Rowling is one of MILLIONS of writers, and I do believe she is the sole Billionaire author in the world. So in basic, your chance is one in a million. And not even one million.
@badwes (408)
• United States
26 Apr 11
why don't we ask the writer to give us a true feedback about the journey to fortune !! .. drama will start :)
26 Apr 11
If you're lucky. JK Rowling (the author of the Harry Potter series) got lucky: she's the world's first billionaire author. She got there by writing well, working hard and by being lucky enough that her story caught the public's attention and became popular. She's not necessarily a better or worse writer than anyone else. Of course, she'd been working at it for years. There are always examples of the lucky few. An ebook author (the name escapes me) has had massive success with her novels and made a lot of money. The French singer Laurie (or something similar) published her music on the BitTorrent network and became so popular that she ended up on a concert tour. There are endless examples of lucky people making it big - but what's pushed out of view is that almost all these people worked hard for a long time to earn their success. When it comes down to it, the best way to become rich by writing is to have original ideas, to practise writing so that you write well, to find good editors and agents (incidentally, editors aren't there to be mean about your work - they're there to make sure it's great) and to work hard at it. Never give up, never surrender!
26 Apr 11
Oh, and it's a lot easier to earn a decent living or extra income by writing articles, magazine copy and other such (relatively boring) stuff that won't make you famous. Money without fame... I wouldn't complain. ;)
@r3jcorp (1384)
• Philippines
22 Apr 11
Maybe, if you become too famous that a movie producer would buy your novel and turn it into a movie. But if you are just a beginner, it would be difficult to establish your portfolio so that big time publisher would be interested. I would like to be a writer, but maybe with children books.
@badwes (408)
• United States
24 Apr 11
i used to write small trivial funny stuff in my own language arabic , wished to wirte in english , but always did question weather i have got the talent ! or does it worth it on financial wise
@greenline (14864)
• Canada
9 May 11
Writing has been my favorite hobby since my college days, and is still is. Wrutung articles, short stories, reviews, and so on. But, that is not some thing that will make me rich. I have not been earning much writing online. But, it's fine. It is my favorite way of relaxation.
@AdalieM (1135)
• United States
3 May 11
Yes, it can. Call it being lucky or talented. Take a look at Stephanie Meyers and her twilight books. She's worth up to 40 million. I don't really like her writing style, but she is a good example to look at, given the fact that her books are full with grammatical errors, I am no professional writer, but is obvious that she can't write compare to other writers. There are lots of bloggers that make up to 30,000 dollars a month, Perez Hilton is one of the most paid bloggers on the net.
• Canada
28 Apr 11
If you write a very Good story, yes! However writing a superb novel or short story is not easy. Most writers have experience rejection from publishers and editors many time before they hit pay dirt. If you read Ray Bradbury's "Zen in the art of writing" you will know how many times he failed before he got lots of money from his stories.
@dodo19 (33051)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
22 Apr 11
Well, there is certainly some chance that it could make a rich person. But let's face it, I think that only a small portion of writers can actually become very wealthy from it. Perhaps I'm completely wrong, but it just seems that it does depend on a lot of different factors and such.
• Philippines
22 Apr 11
It depends on what you are writing and where. The advent of the internet has opened up many opportunities for writers to earn, unlike before wherein many were saying to writing students like me (mostly coming from our prof’s mouth), that there is no money in writing. Also, in everything and not just in writing, persistence and perseverance is the key to succeeding!