I actually think it’s a really dangerous move to pay per word, because you see writers can really take advantage of that by writing extremely wordy run-on sentences that really don’t make any sense or fit in with their topic just to add to their word count and that’s why I feel that it wasn’t such a good decision for my boss to tell me that we started getting paid by word and that’s why I think I’m, wait…. I am, going to be in touch with the other contributors to the magazine to hear their input. (Okay I think you get the idea. And by the way, Charles Dickens actually did get paid by the word and was very lengthy and expressive for this reason, but I never noticed because “cliffnotes” took out all that extra stuff.)
But I’m not really sure if it’s fair to pay by page either. I mean, the one who writes the poem at the end of the magazine has got it made. Usually the poem looks like this:
I went to
The store and
Bought my bread
And went home.
Then the graphic designer puts a huge picture of a loaf of bread next to the poem and voilà, you got a whole page! I think it’s really unfair: if I wrote the serial I would go on strike.
And why is it that the graphic designer never sticks a random picture in the middle of my article like she does for the rest? That would definitely add me a couple of bucks if we start getting payed by the page. But the truth is that every writer does get some extra help, because you’ll always find somewhere on the page some sort of quote from the article blown up and bolded, basically just to take up space.
“But the truth is that every writer does get some extra help, because you’ll always find somewhere on the page some sort of quote from the article blown up and bolded, basically just to take up space.”
Truthfully, it’s not only writers that are getting away with doing less. Have you seen “art” these days? I recently saw a painting which was a huge white piece of paper with a black dot in the middle. That was it. I think he named it something ingenious like “Black Dot.” It probably had some deep meaning behind it, like the expression of his inner anger. I wonder if I can get away with something like that? Maybe the next article will just be a blank page and I’ll title it “Writers Block.”
Well, in the mean time I filled my quota of words for this article and I did it without any help from the graphic designer!