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Writing for Free?

(For instructions on this week's blog topic, favorite science fiction story, click here.)

Many writers can no longer make a living freelancing, whether due to changing business models, technologies, or cultural shifts. There's talk of mutiny, but much more talk about how to adapt. Some writers are thriving and others are not. Can we even say what writers want as if we were a monolithic group?

If most people want to read for free, is being a writer still a profession? It's unclear where the boundaries are between old media, new media, and social media.

This week, please blog about the pros and cons of writing for free. Does it make sense in certain contexts, or do you think writers should always get paid for their work? Tag your blog post writing for free blog.We want everyone to blog about their views on writing for free. (Yes, please write for free about writing for free.) It will be a lively discussion!


Several bloggers will receive books by Red Room authors:

So post a blog entry today about Red Room's topic of the week

"Writing for Free?"

For help on how to blog, please see the directions here. We'll choose one of these blog posts to be featured on Red Room's homepage next week. Post your entry by Friday at 10:30 a.m. PST (GMT-08:00) for consideration, and be sure to tag it with the keyword term writing for free blog in the Blog Keyword Tags field so we can find it. (Please don't forget the exact tag. For more information about tags, click here.) 

And don't forget to check out last week's blog-topic-of-the-week entries on death, taxes, and other inevitable aspects of life. From an understandably disgruntled taxpayer forced to lie on her return to an optimistic call for hope in the face of death, Red Roomers faced the inevitable.

All of Red Room's past blog topics are listed here. Thanks as always for blogging!

Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room

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What a touchy subject...

But I couldn't resist contributing to the conversation so here it is:


Founder of Creative Thinkers International
author of The American Poet Who Went Home Again
and Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (Facts on File)

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Thanks for participating...

...Aberjhani! As predicted, it's been a lively discussion.

Huntington Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room