Monday, 27 October 2014

I'm Beginning To Dislike Writing

It's amazing how much things change in a week. Again. When I first started writing articles Brian Miller (fabulous poet that he is) warned me about the dangers of it. I've come to conclude that he is right. In the past week I have written 34 500 word (at least) word long articles and I've come to a simple conclusion; God damn am I burned out.
Face meet desk
People don't realise what a mentally and emotionally tiring and exhausting process writing is. Let me break this down for you a little more; On average I was writing about 3500 words a day. If I could write that creatively into a book I'd have a novel in about 20 days. You know why I don't write that much in a novel? It's not bloody possible. No one should write that much. It's bad for the brain. It's why NaNoWriMo novels suck. Writing that much without a day off to recharge means that your writing sucks.
Yep. Going insane again.
It's not like the pay is very good either. Or that I'll be able to treat myself to keep myself motivated. I've always had trouble keeping myself motivated and it's happening again now. For 34 articles I receive 68 dollars. In terms of hourly pay I get about 5 or 6 dollars for an hours worth of work which, again, might not sound like that much (in terms of work). But give it a try. Write continuously for 3 hours on things you feel no connection to.

There's not nearly enough fun in my life right now. Writing is supposed to be fun.

11 comments:

  1. Yes, working at something we otherwise enjoy does indeed suck all the joy out of it. Alas, it is the very nature of work.

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    1. I had fun writing novels at least. I just found it difficult to maintain motivation.

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  2. This is interesting Mark, it's kind of like those who want to go into business for themselves and realize it is pure hard work. Dreams are one thing vs the reality. Such is life.

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    1. I've had the bubble of writing burst for me already with poor novel sales. I expected hard work and set myself up for this. I'm working as hard as I expected I would do. I just don't feel like I'm getting much in return right now and the past week has been really tiring.

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  3. Gasp, did you just say that NaNoWriMo sucks? But how else will authors boast about all of the crappy novels they sped-wrote? And besides, when else are they going to write an entire novel? The remaining 11 months of the year? Who has that kind of time??

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    1. Man you guys hate NaNoWriMo. I think I get most of my hatred from you. I'm a little more mixed about it. It's nice that we dedicate a month to the greatness of writing, and the people who take it seriously recognise you can't write a novel in a month. They treat it as a first draft and then go back to fix it up before releasing it or anything. I can see the good, but agree mostly bad comes out of it.

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  4. 68 bucks for 34 articles? Fuck, even if those are the length of my average blog post that's still piss-poor pay. I mean, it's something, sure, but stay on the lookout for better opportunities!

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    1. I get paid $2 for every 500 word article, and $4 for the occasional double length article that has to be 1000 words. The most I've seen is $1 for 100 words and the least someone tried to get me to do was about $1 for 1500 words. I could do the same amount of work for $5 for 500 words and earn enough to get by in my current situation. That'd be nice.

      I saw the $1 per 100 words thing after I took this job and I felt like I'd be too much of a dick if I said I'd found a better job as soon as I took this one.

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  5. Writing is either something you love or makes you want to pull your hair out because the words don't come to you which is very annoying indeed

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  6. I know the feeling of hating writing from time to time. In my cases, it surfaces whenever I feel not talented enough as a writer. But give me a few compliments or a good review and I'm back on track again.

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  7. If you could find a way to double the pay, it might not be so draining. I think a lot of the discouragement is you are not getting a lot in return for your efforts. What if you just did a really half-assed job on the articles and see if they still paid you?

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