Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It Sure Pays to be a Writer!

Note: If you are a writer, you probably read the title of this post with an all-too-familiar hint of sarcasm. If you're not a writer, go ahead and read that again and just really let the sarcasm drip this time.

Rate of pay at my new writing gig: $1 per article (if it adheres to certain rules), a penny per visitor. You don't get paid until you earn at least $25. Published: 11 articles, Time spent on each article: 2-3 hours, Time invested in getting readers: 1 month and counting. Think I've gotten my first pay check yet?

Look, I'm not complaining, but you know who else gets paid in peanuts? Zoo animals.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Writer's Market

I've decided no more editing! Tomorrow I shall start the laborious search through the Novel & Short Story Writer's Market for literary magazines to send my manuscript to. Wish me luck!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

What do you do?

What do you do when you are too lazy to keep up with your fiction writing? Well, try freelance article writing instead. It's so much easier to write a "How To" article because it involves research, facts, steps, introduction, conclusion, etc. All those things we learned in school.
No, really, I actually did write a bit last weekend. Well, re-write actually. I have a short story I want to send to literary magazines, but when I re-read it, I continued to make changes. It'll never be perfect. It gets frustrating when you can't just let it go! All this talk about re-writing calls to mind a scene from Naked Lunch:

Hank: Well, how about guilt re: censoring your best thoughts? Your most honest,
primitive, real thoughts. Because that's what your laborious rewriting amounts to, Martin.
Martin: Is rewriting really censorship, Bill? Because I'm completely fucked if it is.
Bill: Exterminate all rational thought. That is the conclusion I have come to.