Have you ever stopped writing because you've become disillusioned with the publishing side of the business? I love writing but when it comes to making a bit of cash it becomes an uphill battle to make myself sit down in the chair and actually write.
Why? Well, let's just say that the cash doesn't always show up in the mail box. People promise to pay for your work then rather politely stick it up your ass when you question when that money might possibly show up. We're not talking large amounts here but ten dollars here and twenty there can add up. And let's be honest, you can't dun people for such small amounts, it's not worth the aggravation.
I've found that every time I think about writing for a living I get stomach cramps and brain freezes. I don't like causing trouble or getting in virtual brawls with people I like. I actually feel guilty when I even think about asking these people to pay what's owed. I even give them excuses, like maybe they don't have the money right now, or they're too busy to go to the post office, or maybe they're sick, or maybe...
So, what I'm asking is how do you folks deal with this? I'd like to make at least a part time income with my writing but I can't get past trying to deal with the money issues. I have dozens of projects sitting in writing limbo because I just don't feel the urge to finish. Worrying about making money seems to take the joy out of writing for me. How do you get past that and learn to treat writing as a business?