I’m a journalist

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
For the first time ever since I joined the IWSG blog hop, I forgot the posting day. My excuse: I had a doctor’s appointment this morning. I hope it is not too late to post now, even though I live in Vancouver, on the West Coast of Canada. It’s only 12pm here, but most of the other people in the blog hop have already passed their midday, and maybe entered the night.
OCTOBER QUESTION: When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you? What do you think it is supposed to look like? Do you see yourself as a working writer or aspiring or hobbyist, and if latter two, what does that look like?

MY ANSWER: I’m a freelance writer, a journalist. I suppose, it qualifies me as a working writer, although part-time only.

I recently saw this quote about freelance writers and can’t refrain from sharing it.

The freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.

~ Robert Benchley

Benchley’s definition fits, even though he only mentions men. But then he died in 1945, so perhaps equality in journalism was an unfamiliar concept to him. I won’t hold it against the guy.

I write for a small local newspaper, have been writing for them since 2007. They pay me per piece (Yay, Benchley!) And despite the COVID and my personal struggles with breast cancer this summer, I’m still writing for them. I just finished an article about an art show in our Jewish Community Centre. That is my beat: art and artists in Vancouver. I know the topic and I love the artists.

I also write fiction, but that doesn’t pay nearly as well as my journalistic endeavors. Sometimes not at all. Alas. I would prefer the opposite ratio, but as a realist, I take what I can get.

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21 Responses to I’m a journalist

  1. Loni Townsend says:

    That’s cool that you’re a journalist! And that you cover the arts. I’m glad you enjoy your paying job, but I do hope you get to earn money from your fiction too!

  2. You are most certainly a working writer!

  3. cleemckenzie says:

    Benchly’s comment made me smile. I’m so glad to hear that you’re still at your job. I hope the beastly cancer is history and that you now enjoy good health. I think writing for a newspaper is fabulous, and to be paid to do so more than fabulous.

  4. ChrysFey says:

    “paid per piece or per word or perhaps.” I love that!

  5. Erika Beebe says:

    I wish the profits were in fiction for you too Olga. I hope you are well now 🙂

  6. Steph W says:

    I have wondered if journalism is an avenue I should pursue. I would love to use my Art History degree for something other than personal pleasure!

  7. You are definitely a working writer! Way to go!

  8. Jemi Fraser says:

    Great quote for sure!!
    Hope all is well with your health at this point!!! Sending hugs your way!

  9. You are most definitely a working writer. I hope that cancer is in the rear view mirror too.

  10. Ronel Janse van Vuuren says:

    Great quote, despite the obvious short-sightedness regarding woman writers from any generation.

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  11. Natalie Aguirre says:

    That’s great that you have a paying job as a writer. I’m a contract writer so make money from writing too.

  12. yvettecarol says:

    How great that you’re a journalist, Olga! I was freelance for ten years too. I trust that you will have complete and total recovery in every way. 🙂

  13. Diane Burton says:

    Love the Benchley quote. Yes, you are indeed a working writer. Kudos to you!

  14. I love the quote…I just translate “a man” to mean “anyone” 😉

  15. Great quote! My highest paid publication was a real estate article, funnily enough. Nonfiction certainly pays better than fiction, at least so far.

  16. soniadogra says:

    I wish you a speedy recovery Olga. So, you are a working writer! That’s wonderful. Id like to be one too.

  17. Gwen Gardner says:

    Haha, cute quote! Need to insert “woman” though. 😉

  18. Thanks Olga for sharing. Love the …perhaps from the quote, precious. Have an inspirational autumn writing … for pleasure.

  19. Denise Covey says:

    That’s so great, Olga. I, too, consider myself a journalist in that I publish travel articles. That overflows into my fiction. Anything you can pick up to augment your writing is a bonus. It’s also obvious that you enjoy researching your articles.

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