If writers are not unimportant, they are certainly LESS important than they used to be, argues author Michael Malice in an interview with the New York Post (8/20/08, p. 57).
“Being a writer is less of an accomplishment today than it used to be,” says Malice.
He mostly blames the Internet, noting that “there is so much more media that it’s easier to become a writer.”
Malice also warns writers that there are more writers competing with one another for projects today.
“There is this tenacity to try to do everything right,” says Malice, “because you know there are so many people waiting to replace you if you mess up.”
Is it true? Are writers less important than they used to be? Will the writing profession continue to diminish in status?
And lastly, is the floodtide of new writers — professional and amateur — making it tougher to earn a good living as a writer?