BitchBuzz: Why are People So Desperate to be Writers?

My column (in haste: NYC bound!):

Why are People so Desperate to be a Writers?

Everybody’s a writer or wants to be. At least that’s what the internet tells me. There are all kinds of ways to help writers or writer wannabes.
For example there is the persistent Twitter spam telling you that writers are needed very badly. There are ways to get paid for this, our urgent friend tells us. As Victoria Strauss writes at the Writer Beware® blog, the link included in that spam tweet leads to a service where you can pay to be told about jobs that will pay you for writing. Gosh!

Never mind that there are plenty of free sites offering the same thing: RealWritingJobs wants to help you out of the goodness of their hearts to find real writing jobs for about $50 a month. What a bargain! If that’s not good enough for you, because you’re an artist who’s already written a magnum opus, why not pay PublishAmerica to enter one of Amazon’s fine publishing contests? Wait—what’s that? You can enter for free on your own? But what about the fine imprimatur that PublishAmerica gives you? You don’t want to do without that, do you? And wait—that script writing contest for Amazon’s new crowd-sourced film empire: did you know that they get to hold onto your script’s rights for a year and a half even if you don’t win anything?

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UPDATE: I can’t believe I forgot to include one of the things that sparked this story — James Frey’s Fiction Factory. Unbelievable.