Should writers be ‘compensated’ for their words? How important is your ‘voice’ as an author? What of truth? Do you have to ‘live a story’ to write well? What of some of the more popular modes of internet writing? Do single-sentence, bolded, paragraphs shape, or mis-shape us? Matthew Lee Anderson reflects on the pitfalls, joys, and challenges of the writing vocation in an internet age when words are bountiful and cheaper than ever.