The cost of the typed word


So everyone, I’m starting a project about writers blogging and the potential for devaluation of intellectual property. I think that this must be an issue at the back of every blogger writers mind. We blog for exposure, for pleasure and to connect with people; this seems needless to say. Further, not everything we produce could be said to have a monetary value – this project for example which I am completing for my MA. However, where then, as writers, do we draw the line? That short story you’ve been working on? The novel you’ve just given the final proofread to? The screenplay you’re struggling to find an agent for? Should you post it online for free? Why? Why not?

I think that we all have our own ideas of where exposure – literary or otherwise – turns from the golden tan to sunstroke. In the coming weeks I’ll be delving deeper down the rabbit-hole and asking bloggers and writers how they tread the tightrope between what they should give away and what they expect payment for.

I’m more than happy to hear anyone’s views on this matter so feel free to comment on the post, send me an email: or ask for a questionnaire if that helps.



Filed under Scribbling a Path

2 responses to “The cost of the typed word

  1. For all of you bloggers and writers out there. Here’s the link to my survey:

    Many thanks in advance for completing it.

    All the best,


  2. Pingback: Capitalism Falls as ‘Free’ Climbs | Scribblings and Broken Glass

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