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Is Your Writing a Business or a Hobby?

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Hi SEers! Welcome to another Mae Day on Story Empire. Recently, a post I made about being a disciplined writer, produced a few comments about whether writing was a hobby or a business. The IRS clearly has an opinion, but much of how the government views your writing is also determined by howyouview it.

I’m going to draw on a Story Empire post I wrote in 2017. We have many new blog followers since then, and I believe rehashing the points may be a benefit, especially with tax deadlines looming.

Most of us go into writing hoping to make a profit. Sure, it’s our dream to have published works “out there,” but it would also be nice to see some success along with the realization of that dream. This is where things can get tricky.

There’s an old saying “to make money you have to spend money.” For…

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