Category Archives: Writing Business

What actually gets written for hire, for profit and for opportunity.

Writing for Fame and Fortune

Writing for Fame and Fortune interviews working writers on writing for work, writing what they love–as well as how to write and how come they write.

It started with the writers I know personally. I’ve been writing for a living since I was in college. I’ve done big budget TV for big ad agencies, wrote and produced an independent film, had a staff writing position on a TV Series, and filled in the blanks like some crazy mad lib of assignments and paychecks. I have met a lot of incredible writers. Each one of them has an amazing story about why they’ve chosen to write, and how they manage to do it. I’m going to talk to them over the next few months and collect some insights into the journey from creation to sitting on a shelf–actual or virtual–and hoping someone picks it up.

I’ll also interview the dead writers whose stories and lives have influenced me most.

You know who you are, Dostoyevesky, Dickens, Fitzgerald and the godfather of this escapade, Hunter S. Thompson.

The real goal is not to contemplate the writer’s belly button. It is to offer people who read books, watch quality TV, are cinefiles, Scrabble addicts and otherwise in tune with good writing a look at what it takes to make a living writing words today.

For the record, I do not consider myself famous or rich. I do consider myself very fortunate to be able to do what I love most.

Everyone has a story. And the storytellers have great stories about what it takes to tell those stories.  At the end of my contact list and my contacts’ contact lists, there’ll be a book that collects the best of these interviews. Ultimately, I’ll bring a small film crew to where the writing happens for a documentary film.

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