Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Is it frustrating or inspiring to hear that other writers are making more money?

In my previous post, I mentioned that there is a huge range of per-word rates paid to freelance writers, from a small fraction of a penny on the low end up to a couple of dollars or more per word on the high end.

Then I started wondering if this was useful information, or if it was better not to think about it.

I'm of two minds on this. Actually three.

Sometimes, when I hear that other writers are making 10, 20, or 50 times more than what I am making, I see it as an opportunity to raise my income by learning to do what they are doing.

Other times, I feel that it's not possible for me to increase my freelance writing income that much, and that by dwelling on the differences in pay, I will only be breeding jealousy, resentment, and frustration.

And still other times, I remember that years ago, I was so taken by this sentence that I read in the book Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil that I copied it down, adding it to my collection of quotes that I try to live by:
The source of human unhappiness is our habit of comparing our experience to others and finding our reality to be wanting.
What do you think?  Is it better sometimes not to know things or at least not to think about them -- or is more knowledge always a good thing?  Does reading about writers who may make a lot more than you do inspire you or make you feel frustrated?

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