Most of the time authors are artists free to create whatever we choose on the blank "canvas" of paper or computer screen. Most of the time.
In these tough economic times, some of the projects we tackle are far more like Paint by Numbers kits or "Couch Paintings," created to match the client's decor.
I'm working on several short fiction pieces that follow a strict "formula" to improve cash flow. When I started, I felt boxed in by the strict writer's guidelines requirements. The "boss" of the esteemed firm of Me, Myself & I insisted I approach them as a challenge rather than as an artist's strait jacket.
I'm almost finished with the first draft. So far, the "boss" seems to be right. I'm hoping to rise to the challenge, satisfy the "boss" (not to mention the editor,) and get paid for coloring within the lines.
Are you changing your work habits because of the rough economy?
May the Muse be kind!!
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