I caught Lori Widmer’s tweet about her post called Starvation as Motivation. She opens with the question, “If you’re not starving, are you really an artist?” I don’t know about you, but long ago let go of the idea that the amount of money I have or haven’t says anything about my ability as an artist or lack of it. Besides, I consider myself a writer, not an artist, a potter, not an artist. None the less, Lori makes a good case for the threat of lack of income helping motivate at least some freelance writers.
Her post also points to What’s Your Contingency Plan? by Jennifer Williamson over at CatalystBlogger. She talks eloquently about the need for saving and developing additional contingency plans after pointing to Deep in Debt, and Now Deep in Worry. That article is by Ben Stein at the New York Times. Stein worked as a freelancer in Hollywood and describes and says, among other things that freelance writers have “the most insecure existence imaginable.” Never mind that I can think of several other lives that are even more insecure – name any war-torn or famine-torn country – he’s right about the need for prudence.
All of which led me to start thinking about courage. It takes guts to step out of the accepted norm of a 40+ hour a week job with a commute and a regular paycheck. In uncertain times like these, the idea of a regular paycheck becomes less believable, but a job is, in some ways, a simpler way to live. I also believe when any of us move away from the herd, it’s good for society at large. But heck, that’s philosophy and I have way too much to do today, including some earning and savings, to probe too deeply there.
Do you have a plan in place if the income you’re expecting doesn’t show up? Tell us about it.
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