The topic of writing and making a sustainable living at it often comes up. Which always leads me to wonder if by doing so, are we selling out? Certainly, I don't know many who will turn aside from some cold hard cash made off of their writing endeavors. But does this make the art of writing because you love to write turn into a chore or necessity?
We see this often in other arenas. Take sports for example. The high school boy plays football because he loves the game. Then as he enters college he begins to see that he may have what it takes to be "signed on" to a semi or full blown professional team. So he starts playing like his life depends on it rather than for the joy. If he happens to be blessed enough to get signed on to the pro-team, than it becomes an issue of making more money and not signing a contract unless his financial demands are met. It has gone from being love for the game to love for the money, hence becoming a J O B.
Do you ever find yourself going from saying, "I hope my readers gain from this writing I've shared" to saying "I hope I gain something (namely money) from my readers for this writing I've done"?
A very good point or rather question. I think we should do what makes us happy if it is not unlawful or against our spiritual values. If in the process we make money from what we like doing, then I think God is prospering us.