Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Today I'm mulling this question: Does the freelance life kill the fiction writer (in the same writer's soul, that is)?

Anyone have any experience?



At 3:44 PM, Blogger Maryanne said...

dunno. but the teacher's life does (at least energy/time wise) I strongly suspect the editor's life does as well. I believe all artists need wealthy sponsors!

At 8:24 AM, Blogger tracer said...

I imagine that certain dispositions are better suited to the dual fiction/freelance life, the way some writers are able to work on poems and short stories at the same time that they're writing a novel. I don't think it's better to be single-minded, it's just what works for you and what allows you the time and imaginative space to write what you WANT to write.

At 7:22 AM, Blogger Josi said...

For me it depends on where I am in a novel. If I'm on a deadline, but still trying to keep up on articles it definitely gets in the way, but if I've just finished a project and need a break, nothing is better than changing hats and doing something outside of characterization, plot structure and gripping conflict. It's hard when the continual selling of articles is necessary to support the long process of fiction writing, I think it can definitely suck out all my creativity.


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