by Deborah Ng
When I first began writing for the web, it was just as practice. A way to earn money and get my rhythm going while querying magazines. This was about nine years ago, and my fellow web writers all had the same goal. To earn some money, practice writing and gain experience until we break into print. As of this writing, many of the web writers I started out with have had limited print success and they don’t care. Same here.
Once I started writing for the web on a regular basis, I started cutting back on my querying. I had a bite now and then but it didn’t matter. My web clients published quicker and there was none of this “pay on publication” business where the check came six months to a year later.
While I love the path I’ve taken, I sometimes become a bit wistful. Writing for the web has been a blessing, for sure, but I no longer have print aspirations. While I have no regrets, I wonder what would have happened if I didn’t get so involved in this Internet thing.
What do you think? Has Writing for the Web put off your print dreams? Do you care?