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Today it's safe to say that most artistically-inclined people don't have a rich benefactor or aren't independently wealthy enough to devote all hours of the day to honing their craft. If you work outside the home, how do you stretch your money to support writing endeavors? Or, if you're married and you've made the decision to scale back to a single income earning household, how do you budget without feeling like every penny is being ripped from your writer's-cramped fingers?
When I worked on the first draft for my book, I had a full-time job as a supervisor. It was hard to clock in the hours all day, do business travel, go to the gym, cook dinner, and then sit down to write. With prayerful consideration, my husband and I made the decision that I would work part-time. It hasn't been easy, but nothing that you truly desire to gain ever is.
We had to do some priority shifting. If you're going through a similar experience with your finances, I want to share with you some of the ways my husband and I address the situation.
- Decide what matters to you
- Figure out what you're willing to cut back on
We have been doing this for a couple of years. When we get tired of our cooking, we treat ourselves to a dinner out. It happens less often, but it helps us appreciate the experience.
- Take advantage of the library
Don't forget your library's events calendar. Many branches hold free or low-cost writing workshops every month. It's a good way to network with other writers and published authors.
- Read your junk mail
- Get on your favorite store's mailing list
- Get support
What are ways you save money? Do you have a writing budget for supplies, books, etc.?