These are two topics that are very near and dear to my heart. I am a freelance writer by trade and, in case you haven’t noticed, money is pretty important around these parts. You’ve got to be careful with both writing and your cash. For this edition of What’s Up Wednesdays, we take a look at the businesses of words and monetary gains.

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Kathryn Vercillo kicks us off with 20 great things about dating a writer. Valentine’s Day is only a few short days away, so there is a little bit of love in the air. Reason number eight? “Writers are really passionate.” Yes. Yes we are.

Buzz Bishop continues this Valentine’s Day theme not by telling us about cupid and his arrow-shooting ways. Instead, Buzz is a little more pragmatic with his list of the ten worst Valentine’s Day presents. Via a collaboration with Meg Fowler, they have decided to avoid roses and teddy bears. And herpes. Herpes is bad.

Chris Bibey is a highly respected freelance writer and he has a very simple piece of advice for anyone trying to break into the business: Make sure you work. Under the social isolation of a freelance business, it can be pretty easy to get distracted with online games and YouTube videos. You need to stay on task if you hope to make any kind of career out of this.

RT Cunningham provides us with a reminder that we may not want to hear. It’s income tax season again and this can be a great source of headache and heartache for a lot of people. To make matters worse, RT reminds us of the farce of personal income taxes. If you were paying attention during school, you will remember that income tax was supposed to be temporary. What ever happened to that?

Nicholas Mercer wraps things up by combining the business of writing with the discussion of cash. No matter how you choose to live your life, you need to do what you love and love what you do. Life is too short to punish yourself for forty hours each and every week. It’s not worth the money. Just do what you love… and I love writing.