“Write without pay until somebody offers to pay you. If nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for.” – Mark Twain
What is payment though? Payment is not always given in dollar bills!
I don’t know if Mark Twain is being literal when he states “sawing wood”. Paper comes from wood. Sawing is the process of cutting wood. Sawing is a constant repetitious motion. Writing, traditionally, involves the constant movement of pen over paper. Is he possibly saying that without pay, pay which could simply be quantified by your happiness to write, all you are doing is scratching paper? If you get nothing from writing than are you writing or simply sawing wood?