Monday, June 14, 2010

The Aspiring Writer or Artisan or Freelancer

Every month—more or less—aspiring writers escape. They flee marital and parental responsibilities, leaving kids, parents, spouses, significant others, and even debilitated relatives behind for a few hours, maybe even escaping work by taking leave, or excusing themselves from a social obligation. All of this they do in order to go to a nearby bookstore, a library, a community center, or someone’s home to meet with peers in writing leagues, critiquing groups, associations, and organizations . . . so driven because they enjoy conveying themselves in words. They want to share and refine their expression.

If you are one such writer, this blog might be for you. If not, it’s probably not, unless you’re an artisan equally devoted to your medium.

This blog is for writers and artisans of expression, the plodding, diligent, have-to-be writers and artists of every ilk: fiction or nonfiction, sculpting or painting, technical or escapism, poetry or journalism, photography or graphic design. Yet it’s not for writers and artisans now supporting themselves entirely through their writing or artistry.

Some who get out in this manner to such meetings or to a show or exhibit each month more or less are published, or their works are shown or represented, and, possibly, they are “known.” Some are earning their entire support or supplementing their major sources of income by writing or by selling their talent or artwork. However, most attending such types of meetings are wannabes: they want to be published, they want to be exhibited, they want to be paid, and they want to be successful. They want to profit.

Amongst the tens of thousands of these wannabes are thousands on the cusp of moving from wannabe to winner. Or perhaps they’ve been a winner and fallen off the podium but are back on the cusp of winning. This blog is written for those on the cusp. It will help teach them strategies to succeed and, in doing so, make their expression activities less taxing. It will show how to avoid an assessment from the IRS, claiming your activity is a hobby. It will show you how to mitigate mistakes in operations that may get you in trouble with the IRS.

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