Everything about being a struggling artist boils down to this - How can I pursue my dream and still afford to live? It's no secret that authors, even published ones, rarely make a substantial profit. Most still work 9-5 jobs in order to pay the bills. It's a hard life for any artist. Between the near-constant rejection, bad reviews, countless disappointments, failed manuscripts, and many hours of working without pay, it's a wonder anyone chooses to become a writer. But the truth of the matter is, we don't chose to be writers. It chooses us. Some of us from a very early age.
I've been truly blessed to be able to pursue my dream full-time. I can write to my heart's content and edit my literary journal without the concern of finances. As great and freeing as this is, there are sacrifices that have been made to make this possible. Below is a list of tips on how to become a full-time dreamer.
I hope you've found some of these helpful. It's not impossible to be a full-time dreamer. It just takes a bit of planning and sacrifice. Living below your means can not only help you attain your artistic dreams, it will also help you tackle your financial ones.
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Vanessa K. Eccles
Books, life, and travel.
Author of FABLED, RED RIBBONS, and OF LOVE & LEGEND // Founder of The Faithful Creative Magazine