Every time I approach the writing of a novel, a short story or even just an article, I ask myself: WHY would a person buy my work? And HOW MUCH will a person be keen on paying for a piece of my work?
These questions are relevant to the writing activity itself, unlike many tend to think. At least, they are relevant when you write for business, be it an essay or a creative piece.
There are many things a person would like to see in a creative piece: a Valentine’s story, a special gift that made a significant other happy, a Mother’s Day celebration turning into an action drama… and so on.
When you write for business, say, an article on savings, you may want to provide helpful information that catches the reader’s attention: the cheapest but cute Valentine’s gifts available on the market, where to get Mom a nice Mother’s Day present, how to save up on purchases with Savings.com (it’s a site that provides discount coupons), etc.
As you can see, there are different approaches to similar topics, different viewpoints to write from, which make our work audience-worth and money-worth. It’s our best interest – and in the reader’s interest – to make a piece of writing worth the reader’s money: we wouldn’t buy something boring or too expensive compared to its quality, so why should other buy our low quality work too?
I know many young writers read this blog… I just wanted to offer some food for self-examination and growth here.
I love FreelanceWritersDen.com.
Yes, it costs $25/month — and yes, I pay money to learn how to earn money.
Isn’t life all about giving and receiving after all?
That $25/month isn’t money wasted. The community is filled with experienced writers, journalists and magazine article writers, always ready to understand and give advice to young, less experienced writers such as myself.
Carol Tice — founder of the Den — is one of these wonderful writers I admire and continuously learn from. She’s amazing and caring, she’s given me so much good advice ever since I first talked to her, outside of the Den. She made me feel a worthy writer since the very start. Thank you Carol! :)
A small update on less serious stories
Aside from short stories, I do blog too, and I do Character Blog. Yes, I enjoy entering the shoes of a fictional character (mine or taken from a movie or anime) and tell their stories in first person.
I had fun with the inspiration a certain site – http://www.blueskyscrubs.com/ – has given me. Why a scrub store? –you’d ask. Well, there is no rational motif: I felt inspired and I used a few lab coats to generate a series of commentaries on robots wearing scrubs and why all across Robocity and a few robots from Cybertron. *smiles*
That’s the power of imagination for you.
I bought the Writer’s Market 2009 book on eBay a few weeks ago. I only recently got it in the mail, as items shipped from the US take a while to arrive to Italy.
Do I need to mention how big a help this book is revealing to be?
Aside from magazines that accept freelance writers, I found at least a hundred publishers for short stories, Sci-Fi novels and novellas that accept online submissions. Manna from Heaven!
I don’t care the book is a 2009 edition. I understand the need for update, as new publishers are born every year, but I can get the updates from the Web version (which I’m going to subscribe to on January/February 2012): all I could afford NOW was the 2009 edition, which is packed with a lot of good advice and great publishers anyway. I’m looking up a few this week.
Short Stories Update
Between articles and reviews, I use a ten minutes of my day, every day, to continue my short stories.
I’m a few pages from the end of Evergreen, and I’m developing a plot for the InTheSnake.com short story mag.
Also, my recent visit to Canon.ca inspired a short-short story (a short story that’s less than 1,000 words) about a little robot that was designed to be a portable camera —yes, it was a Canon camera to inspire that.
Join me at Writing.com? :) I’m new there, but it’s a good community for writers, like MyWritersCircle.com. I love both.