You might do it for the money, hell a lot of people will when they hear they MIGHT be able to make more in an hour than some people make in a day. Anyone would jump on that, right? As someone who’s been writing freelance for almost three years I can tell you now, if you want to make top dollar just walking in, walk away.
Just like any other job, if you work at it, if you pay your dues, and you put in the time, it is entirely possible to make a good living writing. But if you want to get paid just by walking in, then don’t bother. The rare individual will find the dream job when they walk into it, but the majority will need to find a way to make it work. If you’re educated, experienced, and know what the hell you’re doing then you’re likely to find a decent job writing. But if you want it just because it sounds easy, stay away.
Those of us who have done this job know that writing doesn’t just come to you most times. You need to have a background that allows you to pull information out of thin air at times. There is a definite benefit to being the type that daydreams, that picks up information like change on the street, and can fire it back at a moment’s notice.
So why in the world would anyone want to become a writer? Maybe you should ask one of us. You might be surprised at what you hear.