Wednesday, July 12, 2006

What's More Valuable Than Money?

To a struggling writer, there isn't anything more valuable than tear sheets. Visible proof that you write well enough for someone to print it. We'll do nearly anything to get them... write for free, write about people and things we hate. We'll meet ridiculous deadlines, go to the ends of the earth to get that story our paper is asking for. For me, six months worth of tear sheets from just about any paper equals hallways full of portals opening. I have lists of jobs I've applied for, received a positive comment back immediately followed by "send your tear sheets". It was frustrating and felt like a vicious circle I was never going to escape. But today I can hear the bolts being thrown back, the creak of old hinges as the heavy wooden doors slowly start swinging open, today I start writing for Our Town News. A little paper, but a start and a paying job. Woohoo! What's more important than money? Tear Sheets!

Before I start prostituting my talent for a by-line, a centering moment of rational summation is necessary. There are, of course, other things more important than money: the love of family and friends, a good dog, honesty, an amusing cat, a great hair day (which isn't today, but I think I saw one around New Years)... I have an embarrassment of riches. Okay enough rationality.

Woo HOO, I've got a paying writing job!!!

8 comments:

MERT12345 said...

WOO HOO!!!
I am so happy and proud you have a paying job! umm can I borrow $20.00??? Ahh reminds me of our old church news letter. Will you be able to use rubber cement like you used to? I happy for you kat!

Kat Campbell said...

Ahh, the rubber cemented newsletter - that was another lifetime ago, wasn't it? No silly, I have fancy, smancy computer stuff now, but the irreverant attitude has definately not changed!

Jeremy Postal said...

I know a Kat Campbell....but you are obviously not her! Your writing did draw me in for a moment though! Good stuff! Enjoyed the 'Never marry a Creative Person' post. Ha!

Feel free to check out my eclectivity blog. Peace out.
-Jer

Kat Campbell said...

Thanks for dropping by Jeremy, come on back anytime! I do my best writing when I'm really ticked. Just for the record, I'm the REAL kat campbell! :)

myblackfriendsays said...

See? It's all coming together...

Kat Campbell said...

Yes it is myblackfriendsays, thanks for coming back! Heady, exciting days!

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