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What Does It Cost You to Write?

calculatorWhatever your reason for writing, there’s a cost associated with it—time, resources, missed opportunities. It goes beyond the old saying, “Time is money.”

Effort Expended

Does writing “come easy” for you? If not, should you consider giving up? Many novice writers think that, if you’re called and/or gifted, the writing should be effortless. In truth, writing is hard work—for everyone. Nobody sends the first draft off to the publisher. There may be second, third, and fourth drafts. Earnest Hemingway said, “Writing is re-writing.” Only when you get to the rewriting, do you get serious about what to say and how to say it.

Opportunity Cost

What would you do with the time if not writing? In business, opportunity cost refers to what you’re giving up when you choose to devote resources to writing. See the economic definition here. If you were not working on your current project, what would you be doing? Would you be better off doing that instead of writing? Always weigh the alternatives and be sure you are doing the right thing for you.

Actual Expense

You choose to spend your time and effort writing. To top it off, it also costs money for you to write and submit your work for publication. Equipment, supplies, networking and promotional expenditures are necessary. At times, you may feel guilty spending money on what you need to get your writing career off the ground. Rarely has a writer succeeded in getting published without spending some money to make it happen.

Are You Willing to Pay the Price?

You’re not the first person to struggle with these issues. Some of the most famous writers were right where you are now. They asked themselves, “Is is worth it?” They said, “Yes.” What’s your answer?

Readers, what about you? Does it cost you to write? Share in the comments.

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2 Responses to What Does It Cost You to Write?

  1. Diana Derringer November 10, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    Those initial and ongoing investments continue to pay personal, professional, and financial dividends. Anything worth having usually costs something.

  2. Emily Akin November 10, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    So true, Diana.

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