When it comes to pen pushing, people say I am a readable writer. They say so probably I have been pushing the pen for long. But what makes me feel sad is the fact that despite all the experience, exposure and subsequent appreciation, I do not get to earn enough from my pen pushing.
Let me tell you that two of the recent assignments I managed to get, required the writer to have ‘impeccable’ writing skills and ‘strong command’ on the language. If they chose me for the assignment, how can I not be a
good writer? Of course I am no authority on English Literature and of course I can hone my skills to be a better writer, but even with the skills I have, I, at times feel short changed. I just do not get to earn enough.
Let me share something about me myself with you so that you may help me understand where I go
wrong as a writer.
So, here I begin. It so happened that one fine day while flipping through the pages of an old personal diary of mine, I realised I was enjoying what I had written. I thought I must take this up seriously. I call myself a writer because I can write and I think I should.
I have written a personal essay which, my sister says, is fantastic. Although the essay is resting in my
Hard Disk, I enjoy the appreciation it got.
When it comes to attempting writing assignments, I choose the unique ones. You may find them esoteric, but I just enjoy attempting them. Doing research on topics is something I enjoy. I even feel that not many would be interested in reading what I write about such topics, but I enjoy. It pays me as well. For every 500 words, I get Rs 50. Sadly, the amount goes down further when the money comes through PayPal.
I also write about myself. I have shared anecdotes from my life and have uploaded them on my blog. Two of my sisters and one of my childhood friends love the stories I share. I think it would take time before I get to see traffic on my blog.
I do not like to promote my work and advertise my services and I neither do marketing of my skills. I believe that my ‘work will speak’ someday. I do not mind my skills jostling for space on the Internet. And probably that’s why I take up assignments that pay me 10 paisa per published word.
Though I wish I could earn more, I am satisfied with whatever I get to earn through writing. I know writing can never give me enough to even pay my bills so I do not mind taking up assignments which offer me 10 paisa per word. I do not even haggle much for a hike, for I know, even if the rate is doubled, it would be not much.
The best thing about writing is that it keeps me occupied. I spend around 3-4 hours to research for a 500-word article and I am extremely disciplined about the number of assignments I attempt each day. I value family hence I attempt only two articles. At the end of the day, I earn around INR 100. I wish i could earn little better.
Sadly, despite me being a disciplined writer who just attempts two articles each day, my family complains that I do not spend much time with them. They tell me that my social circle is diminishing due to my lifestyle but I think they just do not wish to let the writer in me thrive. They want me to choose a different career path.
After reading me, do you still think I should choose a different career? Don’t you think I must hold
onto what I have chosen?
About Nishant: The author is a freelance journalist and a Communication Consultant.
DISCLAIMER: The views expressed by the author are in no way related to the personal/profession life of the author. The author simply aims at helping readers, especially budding writers, understand why, not many get to earn good money from writing .