I write as part of my income stream. I don't paticularly enjoy the process - it's work. It needs 'the juice' to do it well and sometimes that's hard to refine.
It's good when the magazine or paper comes out and you have a by-line, and it sure beats working at a real job for a living.
As with most of Brooker's stuff, this is mostly spot on:
I assumed you wrote for some of the magazines you do photography for, but wasn’t sure. I am also assuming that you don’t write fiction in your spare time or professionally, but I thoroughly enjoyed the Charlie Booker interviews. It’s great to hear masters of a craft discussing their creative process.
I am involved in a few online writing groups where we critique submissions. The problem often is that you are either reviewing an extremely well crafted piece that gets little more than “I really enjoyed reading this;” or you get something so poorly edited for basic grammar and spelling, with a poorly thought out plot, that it feels like you’re wasting your time providing feedback that will go unheeded.
Many years ago, I used to review screenplays on a production company’s forum. I helped writers out in improving their submissions, got feedback on my craft from working professionals, and even got some of my recommendations incorporated into a script pitched to Miramax.
Yerp - these days in magazine and pulp work you get heaps more gigs if you can multi-task. I actually learned photography because I was sick of waiting for Photogs to get their act together back in the day.
I've been contributing to bike mags part time for almost 20 years now. I got into it through suppling adverts via my Graphic design business. I thought I'd run out of anecdotal content sooner or later. But so far I'm still banging out copy.
I've fixed that lorum ipsum excerpt above.
And yes - I don't think I'd be very good critiqing other people's stuff. I don't read anybody else's bike reviews. Guarantees originality I figure.
You’re an interesting dude. H/t @DangerDave
I hadn’t considered the benefits of shooting your own stories. I assume you get more gigs as a result of being able to supply words and pictures.
Eddie Van Halen said that he stopped listening to bands like his in the 1990s: he was afraid that they were becoming too formulaic.
As it once said on my desktop calendar circa 1985:
"Experience is a good school .... but the fees are high."
That is one of two quotes I remember from all those years of Desktop calendars.
Yes kids, they were an analogue thing before desktop computers.
And yes - in the Motorcycle magazines I work for most do their own words and pics.