Even so, money is a convenient way to exchange labour for goods. As Solomon wrote, (Ecclesiastes 10:19 KJV) "A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things."
It would be nice if we could exchange our writing for material goods or services but then we'd have to find something our bartering partners have that we can use. Currency makes it easier to agree on the value of our work and we can always use it to pay for something we want.
The reason I mention all this is because we shouldn't be ashamed of asking for payment for our work. Some Christians assume that money is the root of all evil. It's in fact the love of monetary gain which that is.
For me, I need to prove to my disability case worker that I'm looking for gainful employment. Being almost blind and living in a tiny rural hamlet makes it hard to find regular work. The fact that more than seventy percent of sight-impaired adults are unemployed magnifies the difficulty of finding employment which pays a decent wage.
The only skill I possess is writing. Therefore I strive to sell my books and freelance articles to whomever will buy them.
I have about five and a half years to go until I'm retired. Please pray for me that either I can stay on my pension until then or find a paying writing niche. Whatever happens, my trust is in the Lord.