The writing life — it ain’t always easy. People tend to think anyone can write, and in some respects that’s true.
However, next time you think this, take a look at comments on Facebook. Read over an email. Sure, people may not be putting their best efforts out there in these types of communications, but still — writing well just isn’t something that people automatically do well.
From time to time, in my eternal quest for gainful employment, I look online for jobs. Usually, I begin my search by looking for writing jobs.
One writing job genre that I often see is for people to write papers — as in, papers for students in high school or college.
These are usually described as helping out “busy” people. But it always gives me pause. Could I truly feel okay about writing somebody’s college final paper in a course, or even someone’s dissertation? Hey, I could earn $8-22 per page for doing it!
Reviews on such sites by customers are interesting as well. Inevitably, they’ll say that they used the service “because I didn’t have time to write the paper myself.” Hmmmm. Really? I’m wondering what these students were so busy doing. I’m guessing that their use of the service was more about them not being able to earn the grade they wanted themselves rather than being victims of a time crunch. There are frequently mentions of “I got my A!”
Another aspect of this whole issue is that of the teacher. I taught for eight years before “retiring” to home, and it would stress me out if I were a high school teacher to have to consider that some of the papers I was grading might not have been written by the students signing off on them at all.
I asked my daughter, who is an excellent writer in her own right, whether she would work for such a place. “Sure, why not?” she said. I feel it’s definitely wrong to purchase a paper and then turn it in as my own work. What about writing papers for others to buy? It’s more of a gray area, but still, it just doesn’t feel right to me.
Maybe I’m making too big a deal of this. What do you think: is it unethical to work for a site that writes papers for students to buy and submit as their own?