A question that’s lingered with me most of my adult life; how much are we worth? Each of us, in terms of dollars and cents? What would you pay you to keep yourself creating?

Priceless. I can’t afford myself. I can’t put a dollar amount on the enjoyment I get from creating a piece of work and sending it out into the world with a pat on the head and its little lunch pail and feeling proud at the return. Because the return is huge, and it can’t be measured financially.

Therefore, I have never become a paid writer. By the same token, I have paid a lot of writers and artists and musicians for their creations. Simply because I know the feeling of need and the need to create, and they don’t always complement one another. It’s hard to focus your mind on your next masterpiece while the landlord is screaming in one ear and the cupboards are bare.

I am curious as to where all you other magnificent artists stand on this matter. Is it selling out to ask your audience for help? How do you approach this knotty issue? I’d love to hear your opinions/experiences on the issue.

Love, Felicity

24 thoughts on “How Much Are You Worth?

  1. Honestly?

    If I could be paid to write, that would be my dream come true! I would never stop “working”!

    BUT…

    The pleasure and reward I get from mulling over an idea, sitting down with my Mac Book and writing it down… That’s the real joy!

    If a generous, kind person takes the time to actually read it… I am doing my happy dance around my kitchen.

    If they leave a comment or feedback, I want to hunt them down and smother them with hugs and kisses.

    So, like you, I write because it fills a gap inside me. It makes me a happier person. I cannot imagine now ever stopping… This is my escape route, my sanity NEEDS this space.

    But if anyone wants to offer me a contract…. YES PLEASE!!!

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    1. I am 100% with you, Kat! Writing has been a carthesis for me since I was a kid, moreso than my art, though art is what I focused on for a long time. I put the writing aside, because everything that came out was too dark or raunchy to share with loved ones ๐Ÿ˜‰ But in recent years, I don’t know that I could have survived without it, to be honest. And yes, I’ll do it whether it pays or not, I’ve proven than! But it would be awesome if it offered some return, that in return, freeing me up to do even more of it ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks for the lovely thought out comment! I love getting people’s viewpoints. I will now hunt you down and smother you with hugs and kisses ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. As someone who recently took the leap away from the daily grind of a soul-crushing job to focus on my writing more professionally, I agree with you entirely that the ability to write and create is one of the greatest things in the world, one I would gladly do for free, because it’s something I need</i to do. I don't get paid for breathing, and writing is like breathing.

    However, I think we artists tend to sell ourselves short. We live for our art, and tend to forget that, while the creating is nice, our creations are worth something, too. It's not selling out to ask for help. It's not too much to want compensation for what we do. It doesn't have to be much, but that little bit of monetary validation can be nice.

    We have a great privilege to do what we love, but just because we love to do something does not mean we necessarily should be expected to do it (all) for free.

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    1. I love your take on it! And we do sell ourselves short, for sure. Artists are by nature generous, I think. What we create we create to share, and in turn that creative expression is all about opening up to complete strangers. I wonder if for most it isn’t difficult to take for what we give, because it’s much easier to give than it is to receive, for me, at any rate.

      I worry about alienating a new and growing audience by asking for support. I believe my words are worth something, but worth what is different to each individual reader.

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment, I appreciate your feedback very much! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. It isn’t selling out at all.
    If you create a product that others will pay to consume, then so be it. I hate to break down the creative process into producers and consumers, but that it what it really is. Unfortunately us visual, musical, and literary artists have a horrible habit of monetarily undervaluing ourselves and that in turn undervalues every other artist…to the point where it is damn near impossible to survive on creativity because the consumers are so used to getting it for free.
    –But if we flip it around to, say, mechanical genius, and some brilliant mechanic invents an engine that uses 25% of the gas a regular engine does, we would would pay for it. We would expect to. That creative mechanic would expect us to. But a beautiful song? Eh…I’ll just download the album…
    –In my life I have been lucky enough and perseverant enough to make a living on my creativity (not the sex blog, that is just fun for the wife and I). I find that the customers I want…the customers I need to keep the lights on, buy groceries, etc. ,are the best kind. Those are the people who appreciate your work enough to pay for it. The people who expect to pay for something they enjoy.

    People pay for good food, why shouldn’t they pay for good writing?

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    1. I’m in total agreement. We do offer a service. An escape (I say to people that my writing is the cheapest safest sex you can buy ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I think it sad that the fruit of our hearts and minds is not valued as much as other types of labor. Because it is work. Anyone who has ever sweated over a blank page an hour before a deadline know that.

      Thanks you for sharing your view! It is much a appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I don’t want to be paid. The pure joy I get from writing would be gone, it would be work. I don’t want some broken down hack of an editor trying to tell me what or how I should write.

    If I make one person happy, horny, sad, angry, then I’ve done what I’ve set out to do. I have had an effect on someone.

    I like what our mutual pal, kittykat said. It fills a gap and it does make me a happier person as well.

    I write just for the pure joy of the craft.

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    1. I can understand this, as well.

      I did work as a journalist for a couple of years, and I burned out quickly, having to have so many words at exact times on subjects I had no interest in… I burned out fairly quickly and didn’t write for a couple of years.

      I have no desire to be that sort of writer. It takes the enjoyment out, and disrupts the flow ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, my friend! Keep enjoying your craft; we do!

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  5. I write because I have an itch which needs scratching. It is nice to earn a little money from my writing, however the main reason for putting fingers to keyboard is the sheer pleasure I derive from creating something and knowing that it will give enjoyment to others.

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    1. Thank you! I agree, it’s definitely an itch. And as little as it pays the majority, it’s a good thing, because if money were the motivator, no one would write ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for sharing your veiwpoint!

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  6. Me personally, more than you can afford –maybe;)! Regarding writing, I definitely enjoy the fellows on here. Support/encouragement is critical to motivation. Regarding worth: there are many forms of worth; bartering is not a bad plan until actual ‘bit coins’ can be exchanged. To add, if worth is an esteem issue, work on that first;).

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      1. Yes thank you Mr. Happy. You’re probably a woman but I do certainly agree that we should support each other. Love your work–even the naughty art (well, in the Victorian Paris days anyway–one of my passions). To your erotic poems: every girl should be so lucky to feast her mind in your sensual text, images. Carry on!! It’s beauty at its best –LOVE.
        Take care,
        An average Midwesterner (ah huh;)!!

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