Jennifer asks what makes your writing worth it...
What value do you put on your writing?
Is it a hobby, that you try to make time for, but one that gets superseded by work and the needs of friends and family?
Is it a job, whether your only or an additional one, that you budget time for?
Is it pleasure, something you do to take your mind off of real life?
All of these scenarios are valid because each writer is different. Some of us make a lot of money writing, and some of us don’t. I know writers who only think what they are doing is worth it if they see a lot of sales—their validity is provided by their readers. I know others who don’t care if people buy their work, they’re just happy to get it out there—their validity is more internal.
For me, it’s a combination of both. I write because I have to. There are conversations going on in my head and the only way to shut them up is to write them down. When I’m writing, my everyday stress disappears and I’m happy, regardless of my circumstances in the real world. Do I want to sell my books? Of course I do, but my decision to write is not dependent on my sales. My family has enough income coming in without my royalty statements, and that gives me the freedom to write what I choose. I do take it seriously and try to carve out time daily for doing it, because I think a schedule and a plan makes me a better writer (even if I’m a pantser).
I find value in producing the manuscript. What happens next is a bonus.