We live on a capitalist planet.
If I want to eat, I need to generate money.
If I want clothes, I need to generate money.
If I want shelter, I need to generate money.
If I want transportation, I need to generate money.
If I want to travel, I need to generate money.
If I want to further my education, I need to generate money.
If I want to buy gifts for vacations and birthdays, I need to generate money.
Are we seeing a trend here?
Yes, we need to generate money to survive!
Why is it that people think writers shouldn’t receive payment for their work?
That we should write for free.
Do accountants, lawyers, teachers, construction workers, or farmers work for free?
When you bought your $5 caffeinated drink from a barista.
Did the baristas volunteer their time?
NO, they were paid.
Even the barista writing what goes into your drink is writing on the side of the cup.
Everyone writes at their job, so you are a paid writer!
Why does me writing for publications any different from you writing memos and emails at your job?
There is no difference.
I used to work as a research analyst.
I wrote reports all day long.
I was well compensated but miserable.
Here’s an idea: why don’t you spend the next six months working for free?
Let me know how it turns out!
I tell you how it turns out.
You will be behind on your mortgage or rent, starving, no vacation, no new clothes, no further education, and newly single.
Everyone deserves compensation for the work they do.
Whether you are a writer or any other job.
It’s only fair.
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Christopher Oldcorn is a writer and journalist. He holds a BA in Psychology from Laurentian University, and a post-grad in Research Analysis from Georgian College. Christopher studied at The Centre for Investigative Journalism (Goldsmiths, University of London). Recognized as a Top Writer in Government, Politics, Books, Climate Change, Productivity, Creativity, & Writing.