I need some advice. Not on which kind of gun to use– I’m not hunting wolverines in Alaska with my uncle.
I write two columns for a no-name local newspaper. And today is my deadline. Every month I hem and haw about whether to drop this gig. I’ve done one column for 2.5 years, and another (children’s piece) for 19 months.
19 children’s stories, and not one of them properly “published.” What would you do?
- It got me writing regularly.
- Deadlines are good, because my tendency is to not go back and really finish a story.
- It keeps my CV looking good. Not that I’m applying anywhere, but it makes me feel better to have something on the resumé.
- Ego- I get to say I write for a paper.
- It’s my volunteer work, and gives me an excuse to say no to other volunteer “opportunities.” (my old friend: guilt.)
- It’s taking time away from my novel. I write v e r y s l o w l y . . . and I don’t want to waste the time.
- No recognition.
- No pay.
- No feedback from the editor.
- Changes that repeatedly make the stories worse, not better. (That sounds arrogant. May I illustrate? Changes to a recent article were the addition of the words “naturally” and “of course.” Aren’t editors supposed to take out filler?)
- No camaraderie- I don’t get to hang out with any of the other columnists.
- It’s gotten stale. I’ve become formulaic and it’s not really a challenge any more.
- Did I mention NINETEEN children’s stories? Shouldn’t I be shopping those around?
Are there pros I’m missing? What would you do?