This group seems to have a mindset more like mine than any other writing group I hang out with; in that online fiction writers are not in it for the bucks.
We like giving our work away. Free is not just a marketing gimmick. It's something we do.
But yes, we'd all like to make a little something for this thing we do. Most of us would be happy to make a living at it. Some of us DO make a living at it (or at things related to it).
Until the middle of October I was gainfully employed, and making a living at writing was something I could ease into slowly, laying a really solid foundation in my body of work, trying out different ways of building an audience, etc. Then I got laid off.
I now have time to devote my whole life to writing. But if, say a year from now, I'm not at a point where I am making more than $30-40 a month at writing, things will start getting very tight.
So I am in a mood to start thinking about choices and money.
Unfortunately, my muse is not in such a mood, I think. She's FREE dangit! Free! I have over forty years of ideas and projects to get written, and released out into the world, and my muse wants to turn every single one of them into a serial. (And I'm not sure she's wrong, but I'll talk more about that later.)
Right now, I'd just like to hear from you guys about how you're supporting your habit, or how you hope to support your habit.