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Last year I wrote a lengthy blog post about my relationship with money and my creative life:
"Mamihood, Writing, and Money: Moving Past My Money Shame & Crafting a Creative Life I Love.”
As part of that post, I outlined potential streams of income for 2019, and I thought I would update you on how things worked out on the money front in 2019.
One thing I reflected on as I completed my Write Your 2020 Workbook was how much I earned from different streams.
Overall, writing life related activities drew a little over $1,000 this year. That being said, I invested a little more than I brought in, so I actually didn't make any money this year.
Now that I've laid a foundation for the entrepreneurial aspects of my Writing Life, my goal for 2020 is to actually make a profit.
I plan to invest time on improving my online course, You Need a Website, and offering it again this summer. I also want to strategically share the resources I use and recommend, thereby growing my affiliate income.
Below I've outlined my 2019 incomes and expenses broken down by percentages. I also included the potential streams of income I outlined in my original blog post in 2018, so you can see the difference between my predictions and more or less what actually happened.
It's not always easy to think or talk about writing and money, but I do think that asking these questions for ourselves is critical.
I also think discussing these issues with other writers can be valuable because transparency helps us have more realistic expectations of how we shape our writing lives in ways that align with our financial realities.
How about you?
What relationship is there (if any) between your writing life and money?
What writing life related skills or activities (teaching, speaking, etc) do you use to make a living and/or earn supplemental income?
What resources help bankroll your writing life?
Let me know in the comments.
2019 INCOME UPDATE: ACTUAL STREAMS OF INCOME
2019 EXPENSES UPDATE: ACTUAL EXPENSES
2019 POTENTIAL STREAMS OF INCOME
(written on 1/20/19)
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