Pay-what-you-can writing help
During the coronavirus pandemic, I want to try and draw the right line between earning money to support myself and my family, and acknowledging that the disposable income of many newer writers will be at an all-time low.
So here's the simple three-step process I'm proposing:
You email me a question about writing, whether it's prose-writing, screenwriting or journalism. Ideally, a question that's as specific as possible. Not, for instance, 'How do I write a novel?' :) You might ask me, for instance, the best way you can achieve something specific, with writing or with your career. Or you might ask how I've achieved certain things, like getting an agent or a publisher.
I reply to your email and answer your question. My reply may arrive quickly or slowly, but hey, you haven't paid anything upfront, right?
Having received my answer, you then pay what you can, even if that happens to be nothing. No need to tell me how much or how little you're going to pay. No need to justify yourself. Using the handy site Ko-fi, you can buy me a coffee, more than one coffee or NO coffees, depending on a combination of (1) how much value my answer has given you; and (2) your financial situation right now. If you're under financial duress, but need writing help, or my answer has left you none the wiser, then I'm fine with that - you can stroll off with your head held high! On the other hand, if you're happy with my advice and can afford it, you can buy me all the coffees under the sun. I'm not the boss of you.
Here's an alternative to the Ko-fi route, by the way. When you support me at Patreon, at the $10 tier or higher, you get to ask me one writing question every month!
VITAL NOTE: if you plan to tell me any specifics about any story you've created, you MUST cut and paste the below italicised text into the contact form at the start of your message. If you don't, I will be forced to delete your message unread, thanks to tedious legal stuff. Sorry...
Dear Jason, I fully acknowledge that you may already be coincidentally working on a story, or any kind of creative project, that is similar or extremely similar to the details I'm divulging here. I also acknowledge that, as a professional writer, you have no need to steal other writers' story ideas. I will absolutely, categorically NOT turn weird and lawyer up, further down the line, if I happen to see you've written something in any way similar or even extremely similar to these details. There will be no exception to this whatsoever, in perpetuity.
Right, now that's out of the way, let's get to it! Have a good think about the answer that would help you the most, then fire it at me!
If I can't answer your question, by the way, I'll reach out through my network to try and find someone who can.