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Is It Possible to Be a Full-Time Writer?

One author quipped that in the United States more people earn their living from playing Major League Baseball than from being full-time novelists. Ouch! The truth is, few people make their living full-time from writing.

One author quipped that in the United States more people earn their living from playing Major League Baseball than from being full-time novelists.

And most of those full-time authors earn their income from a variety of sources. For example, I write books, am a commercial freelance writer, and publish magazines and e-zines. From these three areas, I earn my living as a full-time writer. Most full-time authors have a similar situation.

Though I hope to one day make my complete living through writing books—and have a plan to get there—I’m not there yet. I might never achieve that goal, but it is my dream.

Being a full-time writer is possible, but it takes patience and creativity. Also, don’t expect to get rich through writing. If you happen to make a lot of money through writing, consider it a bonus. Instead, resolve to be satisfied living a simple life and able to cover your basic living expenses through writing.

By Peter Lyle DeHaan

Author Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD, publishes books about business, customer service, the call center industry, and business and writing.

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