While the video made a few good points, and I was beginning to think, yeah, these people have a good case, they really should be making more for the work they do, my sympathies were aroused not at all by this heavy-handed attempt to manipulate my emotions:
Because 48% of Writers Guild members are unemployed at any time, residuals are more than just extra cash. They're a life-saver, allowing writers in financial straits to keep from losing their house or losing their health insurance. This is why we need your support.
Excuse me? You need my support because you're sitting on your backsides half the time instead of working?
Here's my advice to WG members who can't make a living wage in the business: Get a job where you can. That's what the rest of the world has to do. My romance-novelist friends who can't live on their royalty checks work at other jobs to put bread on their tables and get health insurance and pension plans--while they continue to write novels. I respect those people. What I don't admire is whiners who think they deserve my support because they're employed only half the time.
If a writer can't make a living wage from his writing, there are only three explanations for that: he's not talented enough, he's not working hard enough, or there's just not a good market for what he's selling, brilliant and hardworking though he may be. If the Writers Guild wants to talk about broken promises or about having been taken advantage of, they might capture my interest and gain my support. But if they're going to yammer about the world owing them a living because they're artists, they'll get no sympathy from me.
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