I quit my sales job, leaving my great salary, car allowance and yearly bonus behind. I didn’t have a new full-time role to go to. I knew I wasn’t going to be making as much money or have any of the perks of my old role. But I also knew I would be doing things I liked during my work day, and for me, that was worth more.
2020 has seen some staples of the Australian print media landscape close down: from magazines with a national audience, to regional newspapers. The pressures placed on the industry by falling advertising revenue during the global coronavirus pandemic have been largely blamed for the losses of jobs and publications, but many printed publications have been struggling for longer than that.
This time I’d like to return to longhand. It slows you down and makes you think differently; it forces you more into the character’s head. I hope it will improve the voice in this next project. Of course it will be more laborious: the words have to make it onto the screen at some point. But uni days have made me adept at copying from the page to the keyboard, and this has an advantage in itself; when you’re writing your own words again, you can see them more clearly than reading them over.