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The uni are paying me to write a dumb blog during my year abroad
I'm gonna be rich
even though you've just got a blog.
writer on here, it's me, not you. Capice?
its as if they're not just going on holiday for a year
blogs, features, etc, pretend advice columns
it'll end in tears and self-loathing.
one of my best friends lived off her novel advance for three years and didn't tell anyone we met when out drinking she was a novelist. probably scared of getting the evil eye.
i just wouldn't tell anyone (apart from people on the internet that'll i'll never meet)
what is it that you write?
so doing comms/blog/general editorial for a retailer. So much less hassle, although perhaps a bit less fun too. All music (business) industry generally.
I was ONCE the editor of a woodworking mag for a year, though. More exciting than it sounds..
writing's such a weird job, it's so dispiriting spewing out a load of mostly formulaic crap everyday. would do anything to write something over 4000 words that wasn't vaguely topical and actually get paid for it.
I freelance for the business mags still, it's a release because I can actually write something interesting and as you say at length too.
And yep, a lot more secure. Print was really starting to worry me. Hated that I'd made editor quick enough and was getting better and better at it, because I could see five years down the line someone saying "print's dead rob: you've got nowhere to go".
^spot the reference
joe got in there before me
*clap clap clap*
There are some other ones up from other people and they're a bit like that. somebody said something like 'stepping off the train at norway was like stepping into a watercolour painting but the artist had disappeared and i had to shade in the rest and this was the biggest day of my lie'
HACK HACK HACK HACK
which is nice, cos I get cuttings and stuff. Yesterday I discovered that some pikey website was taking my stories (published on the 'zine's website)and publishing themselves under their names. Proper nawty.
Depends on your arrangement I guess.
way to go Josh McBuzzkill
SEE YOU IN COURT
still, it just ISN'T CRICKET.
My boss just gave them a threatening phone call and they removed the article.
It was kind of flattering though. I don't know why anyone would want to steal anything I write. I'm editor too now and never put a byline on any of my own stuff, too ashamed.
the last bit
and the whole was half-inched and put on some gambling website because there was one reference to roulette. Bizarre.
i wasted all the money on baked beans and bars of soap. better days*
*27th july 2010.
i'm two weeks away from finishing my masters. when i hand in my dissertation, i'm gonna sit in the campus grounds and toast the future. then i'll move back home to southend and get angsty. there will be threads my friends....oh there will be threads. 'how can i get paid for writing?'...'is my cv ok?'...'how easy is it to get a one-bedroom flat in london'. etc etc etc. 'i hate southend'...'listen to what happened today at my shit job'. y'know.
i'm just saying...you've been fucking warned.
p.p.s. well done yes_.
Bumbler can come too.
Corporate cocksuckery writing, and get paid, like. Am about to take a Creative Writing MA so I can look myself in the eye.