The only thing I know that I should do is simply insist on writing only for paying outlets, but that's shrinking, especially in game coverage.
Are we going back to a dark age of writing that is similar to the 17th and 18th centuries, where the demand for and quality of writing is poor and market and governmentconditions do little to provide pay to the few writers who do otherwise?
It seems people accept poor writing anywhere these days: business, advertising, magazines, books, and especially the Internet. Crappy crap out there. I remember reading a certain well-viewed game writer's stuff and thinking "man, his writing really is shitty and I have no reason to be discouraged. I can write better than that." So I simply assumed I should be published, since that guy is. And I then I got a few assignments.
But man, there are very few to dole out, especially in games. Oh so few.