What about etsy and ebay and sites like that?
The thing is, I want to make stuff… Not spend 3/4 of my time selling stuff. I need a partner to set this all up for me and maintain it.
This is exactly the point the article is making! I hear this all the time on Wattpad and this thread in particular – that people loved writing up until the moment they started trying to make money from it. That’s something I’ve heard @SallyMason1 say in the past, and others.
I’m not in the “how do I monetize my passion or make it a side-hustle?” state of mind; but rather, “how do I make money at something I enjoy?”
I personally think the socially accepted idea I need to enjoy things all the time is really the heart of my problem. My experience is that EVERY job has pitfalls, and I can enjoy almost every job with the right attitude. I spent a year cleaning hotel rooms, doing laundry and scrubbing toilets in 2016/2017 and it was the one of the best years of my life.
For me the point isn’t to make sure I enjoy what I’m doing, but to make sure what I’m doing has meaning, so when i die I feel proud of the life I lived. That I lived in service of something bigger than myself and made the world a better place.
That article really helped me understand that I want to write from my heart and fuck the market. If the two meet up one day, that would be great, but I want my writing to mean something to me. The market almost exclusively wants the type of story I’m not interested in telling. Do I want to be a writer – or do I want to be a writer? Meaning, do I want to write for the market, what the market wants, or do I want to write what brings me joy? Both paths are real writers, but I argue there’s a cost to choosing the former writing path, which is that there’s a lot less joy in writing.