In an attempt to take the starving part out of the starving artist lifestyle, I have been trying various strategies to supplement my income. I’ve tried selling various crafts without much success. Unfortunately, prostitution is right out. I’m just not pretty enough.
After much deliberation I decided to try selling articles anonymously online for use as web content for various companies. I’ve considered doing this before but ultimately decided against it as it actually feels like the literary version of prostitution. And not even high class prostitution either. More like the quick handy in a dark alley for a few bucks. I always felt like my writing was better than that. I suppose every writer worth a damn does.
Alas, no matter how good I feel my writing is or how high my standards, so far it hasn’t been paying the bills. So I’ve gone back to whoring.
I figured I would start my daily writing session with a couple quick articles as a warm up before I get into my real writing.
Thus I embarked on a journey to research which sites pay the best, which are easiest to get started in, etc. I soon found myself in a deep quagmire of people willing to give me all the dirt. For a fee of course. This leaves me with the question, if their methods are so simple and foolproof, why are they trying to make their money off of me instead?
After much frustration, I picked a couple sites out of a hat and crossed my fingers. Maybe something will come of it, maybe not.
For the most part, my frustration has strengthened my resolve to make my fortune from my real writing and to stop trying to take shortcuts.