March 23, 2011

Writing Experiment Idea

I've been thinking about a way to make sure I am consistently writing something, and it's hard because usually I need something to help me keep focused on task.  Usually that involves an end goal or an incentive. 

At the same time I am interested in economics and the now changing economy, how the idea of the "middle man" is slowly fading in certain industries, including the publishing industry. 

On top of that, I still have the universe of DeWitt in Titania dancing around my head. And I want to play with is.

So now I have an idea: A blog that pays for each short story!

It's a little experiment that will keep me either preoccupied writing or preoccupied with economic questions to ponder.

I would start a blog associated with a PayPal account.  For every $5 (or whatever fee I decide later) I receive, I would write a short story that I would post on the blog.  Of course, I would start one for free, and then see what happens.  The stories would all be set in the same universe, but not following the same characters.  And requests here and there would be allowed.

This may not be big, but it's something I'm pretty interested in.  Of course, I would like to see what you dear readers think.  Opinions?  Suggestions?


  1. Power corrupts. The assumption that money gives ou power does a lot mor than just money on it's own. Money in this day in age is merely a piece of paper we'v decided has value. The same is true of credit cards.

    This is not a get-rich-quick scheme. I will not get rich doing this. I will see if people like my writing this way.

  2. Though money is a part of everyday life it is a necessary evil to be wary of at all times.

  3. No. Money corrupts art. It stops being about the art and instead about getting paid. Don't sell your soul for a bag of silver.

    The "Starving Artist" meme is not an illusion. It is very much real. Once the money enters the equation, it drives out the essence of the art and leaves it hollow and cold.

  4. Stephen King, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Mozart, Shakespeare...

    Do not glorify art as something pure and innocent that will only be corrupted by power. These artists and many before produced well made, dedicated pieces that gave them money not merely for the joy of money. So has any potter, painter, cobbler, architect, writer, performer, sculptor, and other profession before you and I. To take the livelihood out of art is to ignore the art that surrounds us and makes our lives and cultures unique at this moment.

    This idea that every artist has to starve needs to end, because it prevents us from feeling that rewarding artists that love what they do is a good thing. If you value art, feel no shame in feeding it, because to starve it out would be a shame.

    Also, I'm personally offended that you think I'm doing this to get rich. The idea was to be an experiment, and if you don't like the idea of a small research project, then please just say so and move on. You look ridiculous if you think you're protecting art by hindering and hampering curiosity.

  5. To say that money cheapens artistry and creativity is complete BS. This experiment is frankly an interesting idea, and I would gladly pony up some cash if I liked where the story was headed. It's me paying because I enjoy the work, or in the case of the artist taking an idea for story continuation, then it becomes a commission piece.

    Money itself is not at all tied into the creative process, and if you believe it is then you are equating a independent writer with big media conglomerates. They are the ones who use money as a measure of their creativity, they are the ones who change their vision to appease and draw in the biggest crowds. but the indie scene you tend to find people who do it because they love the craft and just want to make a little extra pocket money on the side. The same is true for indie writers, bands, game developers, etc.

    Starving artist relates to people who do it for the love of the craft, but every starving artist is only starving because their particular style or work isn't marketable at the moment. People who pass up money when they are not being asked to change their style or vision are f-ing stupid.

    In this case d20sapphire is simply proposing an experiment and I approve, it's a good way to test the waters before jumping into the deep end.