I need your help

From time to time I contemplate the idea of abandoning my dream of becoming a full time writer. I get all kinds of ideas in my head. I’m just pretending to be a writer, and I’m not really good enough, and that I should simply give up.

A couple years ago, before I started this blog, one of my uncles asked me about my writing. Back then I was uploading stories on Wattpad, and I was having a lot of fun. So I told him that I had talked with a girl from Etiopia, who said that she really enjoyed my stories. So much that she cried.

And, well, he asked me about money. Was I earning enough?

In fact, I wasn’t making money at all. And I told him that, and I told him that when a stranger genuinely appreciates your art, that’s worth more than all the money in the world.

I was happy back then.

But now this blog takes up a lot of time. And I still write. I answer e-mails on a professional basis. So I have to do this on a full time basis. But I also have to pay bills and stuff. For instance, the domain name for the blog will expire in a few days. Yes, it’s only $18, but it’s the most urgent things on my list.

I know that I’ve written a lot of posts about courage, ambition, perseverance; I know that I’m usually the guy that tries to tell you that your dreams are right there for the taking, that what you want can be achieved, that all your impossible dreams can be conquered, so I’m sorry for this post.

I don’t write about it when I get sick, or when I’m heartbroken, or when someone disappoints me. But I do write about everything that influences my art, and I share it with you, because no one else really cares. Which I’m not sure if it’s sad or not.

There’s nothing else to write about, other than the fact that you can help me out with a small donation here. But also, on the same page, you can choose from a number of perks, most of which will help you reach a larger audience. I’m willing to share the stage with you, because, frankly, without you there wouldn’t be a stage to perform on.

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36 thoughts on “I need your help

  1. In a very similar situation myself. My site is $15 & it’s down until money comes in next! I do so much for others and let other things slip. As much as we love to do what we do it’s content but bills must be paid. I will help if I can as much as I can if it keeps you writing!

  2. Please don’t stop. Slow down on social media, answering e-mails, FB, Twitter and all the rest if you must. No matter what, keep writing. One day, it will pay and you will see.

  3. Courage, ambition and perseverance don’t come without doubt; there’s always two sides to a coin, and I’m sure many, many people relate to that feeling of “Shit, what am I doing? Is it right?” or “Should I quit? What’s the point?”–myself included. You just have to know which side of the coin you want face up. Good luck!

  4. even i was someone who thought that appreciation from a person is greater than all the money in this world.

    i later realised the truth,the very hard way. there is absolutely no substitute for money,
    because the bills wont wait.

  5. You need to look at the reason you decided to write in the first place. When I started my BLOG it was because I wanted to share my passion— cooking— with people and it is that passion that has me still doing it.
    Sure it takes time but if you truly want to write then it is time well spent and maybe someday it will pay the bills but until then do it because you want to. The up beat comments from strangers is your motivation to continue.

    Don’t give up……. you’ll regret it if you do.

    Just my opinion.

  6. What is that quote about success being on the other side of quitting? Something to that effect. Basically, you just don’t know when it’s going to happen. I am very spiritual and I know that when I put a tight grip on something and try to control it, I fail every single time. When I step back and pray about it, that’s when God pulls through.

    Take a deep breath and keep pressing on.

  7. A book deal is not everything. You still have to do laundry, wash the dishes. You still step in dog poop when you go out for a walk. In some ways, your life changes, but the money is so sporadic it really can’t be depended on, and in the real ways, your life doesn’t change at all. My best advice is don’t write to be published, write because you must – because there is something in you that won’t let you go. Un-link yourself from external validation/acceptance; that’s where the best writing comes from, anyway. Best of luck, and keep deepening your journey.

    And lastly: wherever it goes, follow the life.

  8. I cannot pretend to know what it is like to work solely on what one loves as I, an creative myself, ‘compromise’ by working part-time to pay the bills. Of course this means that I “waste” energy half the time investing in something that i’m least passionate about…However, Christian, as you have resolved to go all the way, stay with it. I will do what I can to support you.

  9. Nice article, asking for help is the first part of receiving.
    We love the perks that you offered in exchange for donations, as a relatively new site we are looking to expand and grow our yogamagazine audience. Keep up the good writing. 👍😊

  10. Cristian,
    Those of us who have a heart for writing all understand. I too am in a similar situation and wish I could spend all of my time living life and writing about it. In the long run we simply write because we love to.

  11. I’m reading myself through your lines (well, except for the money thing).

    But anyway, we’ve been writing and having our blogs because WE like it, because WE want to motivate and live in a happier world!

    Good luck with your arrangements!

  12. I think you are one of the best prolific writers I met. I mean so many blog post in like 5 days I am inspired. I wanna write like you Mihai let us try to succeed on this together.

  13. I really feel for you… I want to write full time but haven’t yet gathered the courage to make that leap. You have – don’t give up! I work for a living and still have to scrape by… sometimes it’s worth giving up somw creature comforts and following your dream! I’ll send some money your way come pay day. As my fellow Aussie D.R. Sylvester said – chin up! I recommend lentils and lots of them :)

  14. Don’t ever abandon your dreams i read through your posts almost daily and pull inspiration for my speeches from them you are a phenomenal writer I have no money to give but I hope words are enough. To be put simply money changes daily, dreams, ambition, strength, and perserverance last a last time!

  15. I’ve never been a “full-time” writer because I never had the time. Now I do. In fact, I have all the time in the world to do whatever I wish. And, I discovered not very long ago that there are many things in life that inspire me and I’ll write about those things, every day.

    But, I learned a valuable lesson many years ago. I learned through someone I didn’t know at all that sometimes the right words spoken or written the right way can have a profound and even wonderful effect on the life of another person. And I realized that it isn’t about me, but about those who I might just inspire, even a little.

    If it’s a “money” thing, think about the value to two people – you and any other person you might also affect and inspire. And, if that’s worth just a few dollars and if you’re happy, do it!

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