Yep, I’m a starving artist.

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*Much love to those of you who have commented so far. It means a lot.*

Everyone told me when I was growing up that my true talent was in writing. I didn’t take writing seriously as an adult until I was in my mid 20’s, lost in the throws of the Great Recession, and found myself working in retail. I hated it. I couldn’t even find a job as a receptionist.

So I started writing. I didn’t make much that first year. I made around $500.  And unfortunately due to a series of complications due to a disability, that was the most I made in a year.

It wasn’t until this last year again when I started to take my writing seriously.  My health had stabilized. I had recovered from back surgery and I realized, wow look at all I survived.

I knew I had a lot of stories inside me waiting to come out. And they still are.  I’m not making money as a writer right now. Most of my work is being done for nonprofits that can’t afford to pay me but I still get paid in experience.

There’s a feeling I get whenever I finish a piece of writing that’s hard to describe. Maybe it’s satisfaction. Maybe it’s knowing I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.  I may never be Stephen King or Michael Crichton but I’ll always be a writer.  A part time starving artist following her full time passion. And money, or the lack thereof, won’t deter me. Of course, it wouldn’t hurt either.

25 thoughts on “Yep, I’m a starving artist.”

  1. I first fell in love with books before I became a writer. The very book it’s self was a magic box, I knew I could go anywhere and be anyone when I opened the cover and jump inside. Good Luck in your dreams… Never stop dreaming or its gone.

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  2. This definitely inspires me. I always put writing aside for other things, but I really don’t want to. I love the way your post is suggestive of pushing on through. For something that you are truly passionate about. There is no enjoyment in life if you are pushing aside the things you love and spend all your time doing something you hate.

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  3. I got lost in different career struggles and never kept up with my writing. but it is never too late. now I am encouraging myself to write. thanks for your inspiring story. it gives some hope and energy to keep trying.

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  4. I connect to this post so much. I am in the same boat as you.. but the part where I just discovered writing is my calling. So like you, I don’t mind if it leads me to riches or not. It’s satisfying enough to be fulfilling your true purpose.

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  5. I can relate to you as well. I believe that the only way you will discover who you truly are, is when you are forced to overcome really difficult circumstances. I wish you the best in all that you do!

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  6. Sometimes we writers just need to pen down whatever’s on our minds– whether it be fiction, non-fiction, poetry or personal philosophy and experiences. And if someone else reads it– there’s the satisfaction despite the lack of monetary reward. After all, this post was certainly read. Have a wonderful day. Peace.

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  7. Thank you Kimberly for the inspiration! They say the best work is the one that doesn’t feel like work so I am sure your passion will take you far and when the money starts coming in, you’ll have the best of both worlds. Keep on inspiring us!

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  8. Art and money don’t mesh well in a capitalistic economy. I’m hoping for a new model that will allow artists to thrive without pitting us against each other in the marketplace and/or encouraging others to profit off us. In the meantime, keep writing and keep learning – I believe you meant to say “the throes” and not “the throws.” Writing is a craft, and we keep honing it until we stop writing forever.

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  9. [ Smiles ] Writers write; plain and simple.

    You should continue to write.

    To get yourself some added income, I recommend that you involve yourself in guest blogging.

    Why?

    Because, guest blogging will help you to get noticed and you would acquire additional incoming traffic to your blog; which is a good thing for those people who have monetized their blog.

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