A Brief History of Writing for Money 

The issue of art and money is a complicated one. Lately, I have been thinking about giving all my work away free (think: musician Amanda Palmer http://amandapalmer.net), but the mechanisms needed to do so as a writer, unlike a musician, would be too costly in the long run. Still I struggle with the issue of money for art and I think the writer of this article in the New Republic is right to assert that today writers cannot continue to give away their work for free, but rather in a culture where the gift economy thrives, the writer should expect returns equal to their offerings. The key here, the chief dilemma, is determining what equal means.

Money taints everything, why not writing too?

Source: Cash for Words: A Brief History of Writing for Money | New Republic