Welcome to Mike’s first Kickstarter exploration. In this series, he’ll check out Kickstarter.com to find cool and interesting projects that he thinks deserve funding. In this post, he’ll explain why #WWFM deserves some cash. Check it out!
WHAT IS IT?
#WWFM is a far-from-popular hashtag on Twitter, but if I sincerely wish that wasn’t the case. The acronym stands for “will write for money,” and I think it’s something that every writer, from poets to novelists and bloggers to copywriters, can relate to.
You see, us creative types need to eat too. We put just as much (read: more) thought and effort into our blog posts/novels/poems/advertising copy as a “normal” person puts into their day job. Yet it’s always us writers that are either grossly underpaid, or if we can’t bring a manuscript to market, not paid at all. Now, that’s not a complaint, but rather just a statement of fact. We know what we’re getting ourselves into every time we pick our pens up and work our craft. Some of us will hit the lottery, (a better analogy for the publishing industry than you may think) and make tons of money. But the vast majority of us will not, even those of us who get our work on bookstore shelves. A lot of people don’t know this, but a publishing deal does not instantly equal wealth and fame.
#WWFM is relatively unknown, but it speaks to sentiments that are shared by every single person who calls him or herself a writer. It’s not just about the money, (although food and shelter are nice to have) it’s about having your creative work valued and appreciated by someone. It’s about knowing that all of the blood, sweat, and tears you put into words was done for a reason, done for a purpose.
If you donate to this project, you will not save the world. You will not help solve global warming, or develop a more sustainable form of plastic. You will be investing in a single book of poetry, The Knockouts. Granted, I’m sure it’ll be an excellent book of poetry, but the real payoff here doesn’t have immediately measurable results.
Xxavier Edwards, the project owner, prefaces his description by asking, “Have you ever read anything that changed you?” I’ll answer this one for you: you have. Maybe you didn’t read it in a book, but saw it hanging in a museum, heard it in a concert hall, or even watched it acted out on TV. Art comes in many forms that exist all around us, but at the end of the day it amounts to the same thing. I’m sure there are plenty of better educated critics that would disagree with me, but I think art is ultimately a vehicle of change, driven by self-reflection and given form in literature, music, etc.
This book of poetry will not pay off your student loans, buy you a sushi lunch, or cover a down payment on the car you want to buy. What it may do is change you in some way. Cause you to reevaluate something that you never really had cause to question, or even discover a new way of looking at things. That to me is worth way more valuable than a delicious plate of raw fish wrapped in rice for lunch, or whatever other material thing you can think of.
A donation of $10 will net you a copy of the book upon its release. If you’ve got it to spare, I’d implore you to consider giving it to #WWFM to support the arts, and by extension, creativity everywhere.
NOTE: I’m fully aware of the possibility that all this post did was reaffirm for you that I am most definitely the product of a liberal arts education.
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