While you don’t actually need money to write, there are plenty of endeavors related to your writing career that require capital. Thankfully, there are ways you can make money with or for your writing exploits.
Let me begin this post with one basic fact: You need no money whatsoever to write. All writers started as someone and something else, and they wrote, regardless of whatever else they were doing.
Writing happens when you put pen to paper or keys to computer. With the exception of the National Endowment for the Arts, you will find no grant or funding stream that will let you quit whatever else you are doing to write. Writers write, regardless.
However, you might need money:
- to take writing classes
- to attend writing and publishing conferences
- to purchase a computer
- to travel for research or education
- to self-publish
- to hire an editor, cover designer, or formatter
- to subscribe to magazines and online services
- to purchase how-to books
- to build and host a website or blog
- for book and author promotion
There’s not much more to pay for, and with a little research, you can determine what these figures will be for you. Remember, you shouldn’t ask for money until you clearly define how much you need and exactly what you need the funds for.
Once you’ve determined those things, where are you supposed to find the money? You can:
- freelance and earn money writing articles and blog posts
- do copywriting for businesses
- speak and teach for honoraria
- take pre-orders for your book
- create a website/blog and seek advertising revenue
- create a crowdfunding campaign on kickstarter.com, indiegogo.com, or unbound.com
- take out a loan or use your credit card
- request to be a speaker under your state arts commission or state humanities commission
- apply for arts commission fellowships
- request sponsors for your project
- ask a nonprofit to be your fiscal sponsor
- apply to fiscal sponsor and artist investment entities like fracturedatlas.org, nyfa.org, and creativecapital.org
- enter writing contests
There. You should be able to find opportunities from that list. Pick two, three, four, or all of them. There are options. There is hope. It’s just a matter of deciding which you prefer to do.
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