Anonymous said: Do you ever write something and hate it? Or do you ever find it difficult to find inspiration? I work at a book publishing company and go home to write at night a lot of the time, but the demands of a full-time job often leave me too fried to produce anything worth a damn sometimes. I've gotten some great bylines recently and would love to just write for a living. How the hell did you survive in NYC as a freelancer? How does anyone do it?
1. Yeah, you gotta push through that. Take care of your work and do the best you can, but if you don’t like something in retrospect then oh well. People change. Ideas change. Beliefs change. Your writing improves. Keep it moving.
2. If you’re having trouble feeling inspired just go live your life and make mistakes and visit new places and talk to new people and you should come up with something. I feel like writers struggling to find inspiration spend too much time in front of their computers worrying about how to feel inspired.
3. One way I survived in NYC as a freelancer was by not eating as much food as I would have liked to eat on some days.
4. I was talking to a guy last week who is now an editor at a big website based in LA, and he was telling me that when he moved to New York to be a writer, around 2001, he could do something like three or four record reviews a month for alt weeklies and that would be enough to pay his rent. After that, he could focus on finding other more fulfilling writing gigs without stressing about being evicted. I think there was a time before ours—when rates were higher and rents were lower—that getting by as a freelance writer in New York City wasn’t easy, but was easier. Nowadays, I don’t know how anyone does it. You have to really hustle hard, I’d assume. I also don’t think it’s any surprise that I’ve heard from four different New York writers recently who have told me they’re planning on moving to LA.