The corona shutdown eliminated our primary source of income, so we have turned to ghost writing to compensate for our shortfall – a natural option for a novelist and a philosophy student. Ghost writers are paid by the word. You receive a short briefing and an expected word count.
Today, Astrid is writing a 3.600 word article on: “How to properly use your television recliner.” For non-writers (writers are already face palming), allow me to provide some perspective on how ludicrous a 3.600 word article on television recliners is.
- Op-ed pieces in a quality newspaper like the New York Times are a maximum of 1.200 words.
- A novel is epic when it contains over 110.000 words. Moby Dick, for example, is approximately 206,000 words. Melville liked detail, but even he didn’t dedicate 1,75% of his novel to proper harpoon use.
- Even philosophers are more on point. On a recent exam I was asked to contrast Rousseau’s natural and normative social contracts in under 1.500 words.
Apparently, television recliner use is infinitely more challenging than I imagined. I ran out of ideas at:
- Sit in it.
- Don’t spill beer on it.
Astrid is still writing. Can anyone provide additional ideas?