How to be a writer (without having to ask, “Do you want fries with that”?) #humor

Barb Taub

Okay, we get it. Writers are screwed.

Over the past week, it’s everywhere. People keep emailing/texting/posting links about the Authors Guild survey showing writers earnings down 42% (although since they weren’t even approaching minimum wage to start, it’s a low bar anyway…). Seriously, guys. Writing doesn’t pay? This is news?

Once in New York we accidentally ate dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, where the waiters enchant the tourists as they deliver Broadway show tunes along with their milkshakes and burgers. The staff were young, attractive, and talented. Each had probably been their high school’s most special snowflake. Even more probably, this was as close as any of them would get to singing on (or near) Broadway. But equally probably, young reporters looking for a story would occasionally do a piece on how the average income for actors/artists/writers is poop plus tips.

I’ve been thinking about those waiters belting and occasionally…

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