You sure you want to be a writer? Now? #humor #covid #writing

Barb Taub

And the best way to know you’re a real writer? You get this gorgeous geek-writer QUERTY painting from the amazing, incredible, real painter-type ArtistAlex Zonis [originally posted on Marcia Meara’s The Write Stuff and only slightly updated.]

Okay, we get it. Writers are screwed.

Over the past year, it’s everywhere. People keep emailing/texting/posting links about surveys showing writers only earning 1/3 of pre-pandemic amounts (although since they weren’t even approaching minimum wage to start, it’s a low bar anyway…). Seriously, guys. Writing doesn’t pay? You’re depressed? This is news?

Once in New York we accidentally ate dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, where the (maskless) waiters enchanted the tourists as they delivered Broadway show tunes along with their milkshakes and burgers. The staff were young, attractive, and talented. Each had probably been their high school’s most special snowflake. Even more probably, this was as close as any of them would…

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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10 Responses to You sure you want to be a writer? Now? #humor #covid #writing

  1. Writers don’t earn a living even if the books do well. There are a few “big time” writers, but they made money when their books were turned into movies. The rest of us? Minimum wage? If I wasn’t working for me, my wages would be illegal. Luckily, I don’t expect to make money at it.


  2. barbtaub says:

    I blame my children and their whiny, incessant demands for luxuries like food and a roof and pediatric antibiotics that cost more per ounce than my wedding ring. If not for that, I could happily have been a writer years earlier.


  3. bwcarey says:

    thanks for the advice, amen


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