Meanwhile, our current scheme of copyright and the culture of ownership that allowed a very (VERY!) small percentage of creators, like you and Stephen King and JK Rowling to sleep on big stinking piles of money while you create, is about 100 years old.
T.S Eliot never, ever, supported himself as a poet. He was a teacher, worked at a bank, and later a publishing house. His work didn't "suck" as a result.
Geoffrey Chaucer sought patronage for his writings, but saw them expressly as a way to advance his career as a courtier.
The people who wrote the Homeric Hymns a couple thousand years ago didn't even put their names on these seminal works of the Western canon. They put Homer's name on them, to honor the great bard.
See, people don't even need glory, much less a life of ease and luxury to create.
Give certain people a cave wall and they will draw on it. And they will pour their hearts and souls into that drawing, or writing, or singing, whether or not there's any chance they can become Tom Clancy and buy an island with their video game money.