I am writing this because I remember a time when the thought of someone asking me to write for them and offering to pay money for that work seemed like a cruel story people told hopeful scribes to protect us from the truth, like a parent telling a child their car-smashed dog had actually just run away. I am writing this because I remember begging to write things for free and having publications still reject me. Is there any other field besides creating stuff in which people ask to work without compensation and nevertheless get told no? Imagine a world of investment bankers just doing it for the love.
I wrote a thing about money and writing for the new publication Scratch, which is about money and writing. Check it out if it pleases you. And subscribe to Scratch if this kind of stuff interests you.