29 Jul 2016

Make a Living as a Professional Self-Published AuthorWhy do writers write? Why do artists paint or sculpt? Why do dancers dance? Being a creative person, and making a good living at it as well, is one of the most difficult roles for a person to take on. Making something new, something which appeals to a wide audience of people is a daunting task, and dealing with the inevitable criticism from so-called friends and family can be almost unbearable sometimes. The general population just doesn’t understand the passion felt by a creative individual.

But artists – defined as those who create something aesthetic – are not normal people. You see, most people are content with getting up each day, going through a certain routine of breakfast, work, dinner, home, sleep, combined with the occasional holiday or road trip. Their dreams involve being observers – they watch football games, go to museums, go on vacation to see the scenery, and so forth. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, of course, but an artist views the world differently.

Artists are not satisfied with merely observing, taking a few selfies and buying some useless, albeit sentimental, junk from the souvenir shop. Bring an artist on a trip and they will carry a bag packed with charcoal and paper, a computer with writing tools, or an expensive camera and tripod. Artists don’t just want to see the sights, they want to create something aesthetic to communicate with others how they felt about that scene.

Being an artist means you are passionate about your creations. You have something to say in the form of clay, stone, photography (digital or otherwise), paintings, writing, choreography, film or any other media. In fact, the media is unimportant and only serves as the means to deliver the message.

It’s the message – that’s the importance. Artists want to say something, and they want other people to understand. When I write a story, a novel or an article, I am communicating, and I want my readers to understand what I’ve written, get the message, feel the emotions, and actually (in their heads) go on that trip or excursion or along with me.

Art is a passion, a driving force. Writers are artists, to a greater or lesser degree.

Getting paid for writing is important, and sometimes vital, but most writers will still write even if they don’t get paid. However, getting published, seeing good reviews, and receiving positive feedback is one of the best presents you can give any writer.

Writers are dependent for their income on sales of their books, blogs, articles, and so forth. If you enjoy a book, buy yourself a copy, preferably new, so the writer sees the fruits of his or her labors. If you can’t buy the book, leave a good review. Everyone, no matter how busy, can spend a few minutes to leave a review on Amazon and other outlets.

Artists are the people who are actively creating the future. By giving them support, you are supporting the advancement of good in the world.

 

 

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Ashwin

Everyone has an artist within them, one just needs to overcome the inner critic put your work out for public consumption.

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