Why it’s a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from

by Rachel Baker on January 29, 2015

I think this may just be one of the most honest articles I’ve read about what its like to be a writer and the bs they often spew about how they achieved their success. Its not really easy to be a writer of any type and without the support of family members one can’t really make a life of it…without a lot of ramen noodles for a very long time.

I agree with the premise that authors ought to be a bit more open and honest about what (and who) they attribute their success to.

Read the Article: “Sponsored” by my husband: Why it’s a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from

Here’s my life. My husband and I get up each morning at 7 o’clock and he showers while I make coffee. By the time he’s dressed I’m already sitting at my desk writing. He kisses me goodbye then leaves for the job where he makes good money, draws excellent benefits and gets many perks, such as travel, catered lunches and full reimbursement for the gym where I attend yoga midday. His career has allowed me to work only sporadically, as a consultant, in a field I enjoy.

All that disclosure is crass, I know. I’m sorry. Because in this world where women will sit around discussing the various topiary shapes of their bikini waxes, the conversation about money (or privilege) is the one we never have. Why? I think it’s the Marie Antoinette syndrome: Those with privilege and luck don’t want the riffraff knowing the details. After all, if “those people” understood the differences in our lives, they might revolt. Or, God forbid, not see us as somehow more special, talented and/or deserving than them.

There’s a special version of this masquerade that we writers put on.

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