Should you ever write for free?
Some would say, sure, it’s okay. I can see the value in exposure or getting your foot in the door. We live in a competitive world, after all.
Computer scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed a way to write using only the motions of your wrist.
It’s something for those of us who just can’t be bothered to type, let alone hold an actual pencil.
Every writer has a process.
1. I sit down with an idea, see that blank screen, and say, “Oh no, I don’t know what I’m doing. Is this even going to work? I suck.” You know, the usual.
2. I write. If I need to do research (which is usually the case), I do that first. But the important part is just writing.
3. Once I’m finished and I’ve edited everything to acceptable levels (whatever that means), I sit back and say, “Oh, okay. That wasn’t so bad. Actually, it turned out pretty good.”
When I start my next project or article, it’s right back to “Oh no,” and the process repeats itself.
My point is, writing is a very imprecise, spontaneous, and unpredictable craft, doubly so for creative writing. Above all else, it’s specific to the individual. There don’t seem to be any steadfast tips or tricks to getting it done. You just kind of do it.