Monday, 2 November 2015

I'm Not Entirely Unemployed

Even though I think of myself as being unemployed the fact is I'm not entirely unemployed. Like every writer ever in the internet age (and most before then) I've tried my hand at article writing. Right now I'm actually in a contract with someone. I don't write articles for them though. I write books. Short, non-fiction books. If you've ever read or found a 5000-ish word book then there's a good chance that I, or someone who has the same job as me, wrote it.

It's like writing a short story, like my five star rated short story!
The thing is though; I hate this work. I mean, I really hate it. I know that a lot of people don't like their jobs much, but I can't think of many people who outright hate their work. It doesn't even take up a lot of my time. It takes me about 3-4 hours to write one of these books and I only write two a week. I know that doesn't sound like a lot. If you think that way then give it a try and see what it does to you. It is soul destroying and, worst of all, it affects my writing.

One of the criticisms I received about Immortal Space is that I tend to be repetitive. I repeat something in a different way. Just like that. That's a habit I picked up with article writing. Sometimes to flesh an article, or book (especially a book) you need to do things like that. Not in fiction though. It also kills my ability to write fiction. I can't bring myself to write anything besides these books. It wouldn't be so bad if I was getting a half decent wage but in order to do that I'd need to do two or three times as much work as I currently do. If I did that I'd have killed myself by now.

It'd be nice if I could take that money and invest it, but I don't know if what I want to do with that kind of thing is achievable. I have one idea, that should hopefully work well, but in order to fund it I'd still have to do this for five or six weeks. I don't want to dip into my savings anymore than I already have.

So, yeah, if I'm depressed or cranky then you know why.

If you're curious I earn $45 per book. It's supposed to be $50 but Upwork, the site I find work through, takes a 10% fee.

10 comments:

  1. "Sometimes to flesh an article, or book (especially a book) you need to do things like that."
    That's still not good practice though. Sure it buffs up your word count, makes the article or whatever seem lengthier, but all you're really adding is fluff. Nothing of value. Why not try padding the article with examples or trivia?

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    1. Sometimes things like that aren't possible. I also tend to just go the easiest route possible. I've also never received a complaint about repetitiveness so I assume the people I write for don't have a problem with it.

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    2. "I also tend to just go the easiest route possible."
      Maybe that's what makes it so soul destroying for you? If it's not half a challenge then it's quick to become a boring drag.
      I can't know though, just dragging suggestions up here.

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    3. It's a nice thought but writing this much is crushing no matter what I write. I can't even write fiction to this degree. Heck the most I ever wrote when writing stories was about 6-8k words a week. I spaced it out a lot too. I try to do that with this but for whatever reason when I'm working I'm working and I can't stop until the job is done. I think that's also because I really don't like doing this so I just want to get it out of the way. I do like writing the odd article from time to time. I wrote two on Saturday and enjoyed writing them. It's writing a batch like this that really cripples me.

      It's odd to say this but it also makes me feel like I'm prostituting myself. In my head I know I shouldn't be doing this, and I shouldn't be writing this. At least, again, that's what my brain is telling me. But I do. At least I can say I've suffered for my art I guess.

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  2. It's just a money thing until it's no thing!

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  3. It's a cool way to get money, but don't burn yourself out on writing. When writing is your job and you have to crank it out to make money, it probably isn't fun when you're writing just for yourself. I could be wrong, though.

    Also, I outright hate my work. I'm the PR manager of an up and coming pop star and everything about what I do is just beyond soul sucking. I'm not kidding. I plan on blogging about it one day.

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  4. Another great post, I seem to be just breezing through blogs lately being unemployed, maybe I should post more or Does anyone have a blog they would like to recommend? Self-promoted is always good too!

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  5. not bad Mark! Nothing's ever perfect, it's something for now.

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  6. Well at least you are making some money and we all need money and we all have times we have to do stuff we hate in order to make money, or work at what pays the bills till you can work at what you love

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  7. I didn't know the Beer for the Shower guys were Justin Bieber's manager : /

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