I write because I love to write, not because I want to get rich
One of my favorite quotations comes from the J.K. Rowling TV biography, Magic Beyond Words. It’s something I turn to when I need to be reminded of the things I’m passionate about and why I’m passionate about them.
When J.K. Rowling is meeting with her agent to go over the publishing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, he gives her a piece of advice: “Don’t quit your day job. Children’s books don’t make any money.” And she comes back with, “I write because I love to write, not because I want to get rich.”
For me, these are definitely words to live by. I love writing. I’ve toyed around with different career ideas over the years, but I really can’t imagine doing anything else. I need to remember these words when people try to tear me down.