Online writing. OMFG.

Online writing. Yay. It’s free, there’s no barriers to entry, there’s no barriers to readers (save the little matter of internet access, and who hasn’t got that, right?), and its edgy cutting-edgeness of edgiosity on the edgability is so, like edgy, yeah? Kewlio.

Well, no. Not if you want to get paid. You’re either writing upmarket adverts, like Kate Modern (not that adverts need compromise your drama, just in case Neil Mossey‘s reading) etc. or you’re, apparently, a grooming teenagers for Da Man:

I am paid to post comments and send emails in the characters’ voices to the personal pages of people I don’t know, a form of legitimised grooming. This is one of the big worries about social networking sites. I wonder whether I am on shaky ground and what the boundaries are because what I am doing is starting relationships and everyone knows they are two-way. So as the lead gets a love interest, I deal with many young girls demanding acronym answers to the great questions of life and love. Another part of this writing gig, it seems, is being manipulated by 11-year-olds daily.

This is from a piece posted on 12 Point, the online successor to Scriptwriter magazine (for which I’ve written and been paid by, I’ll have you know), by a 38 British woman whose job is pretending to be fictitious characters online, salaried – SALARIED – by a big American studio.

So this is how you make a living out of the brave new online world… I’ve been a reporter, a government spindoctor and now I’m a freelance PR, and even I find this a bit, well, yucky.

Or, like me, you keep doing basically old fashioned copywriting that just happens to end up on websites. You can read more about it here. That’s a call to action, btw.

NB (1) 12-Point. I’ve linked to it but it’s a pay site, so unless you’re already a member you probably won’t be able to read the full piece. However it’s a good site for UK screenwriters, and you should sign up.

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Back On The Chain Gang

I’ve got Back On The Chain Gang playing in my head, and not just because it’s pretty much the first week back working. I’ve been learning it on the fab Indie Telecaster I bought about a month ago and its jangliness is sticking.

 

Anyway, good news from the BBC. Looks like I’ve got some sketches on Radio Four’s ‘Recorded For Training Purposes’ show (actually that link’s to the last series), which did an open call in November. One’s been recorded already and the others are being done anytime.

 

No idea about the broadcast date though. I’m only a writer.

Freelance writer

I’m a freelance copywriter, PR, producer based in the East Midlands.

 

Amongst my many talents, there are:
  • DVD writing and production
  • Conference and speech scripts
  • Brochures and magazines
  • Copywriting
  • Website copy and management
  • Press office and media handling
  • VIP and event handling
  • Media training
  • Crisis management
  • Press releases

There’s more information on my real actual proper website…