I keep hearing people say writers should provide their writing for free because it doesn't cost anything to write. That's not my experience and I'm not just talking about costs of living. There are direct costs for writing e.g. materials, software, research, notes, and also opportunity costs of what else you could have used the time for. So what does it cost you to write? I'd say for me it's around £5 a day, made up of notepads (two or three a week), pens and refills (I go through 4-10 a week), software (the joy of speech recognition: the Windows integral one is useless), museum entrance fees for research, and a cafe stop for a few hours twice a week to do intensive writing at £5 each because London is far too expensive. So if someone wants my work free, they expect me to pay about £35 a week. Is anyone else willing to sare some ballpark figures?