1. Writers make big money. How many times do you hear "You're a writer! Will you still talk to me when you're rich and famous?" Tell them to rest easy. It's not likely to be a problem. Even "successful" writers need day jobs these days. Royalties and advances are shrinking at an amazing rate. ...Read the whole thing. All of Allen's points are good ones, but the three above are my personal favorites because so many people seem to trip over them. An old friend got bitten the writing bug a while back and would tell his wife that short fiction was their ticket to the big time. By all accounts he was a very good writer, but after a few years without any success he moved on to another hobby. That incident was an illustration to me of Allen's second supposition: Be it genre or literary or interstitial or whathaveyou, the only way we can hope to prosper in this writing thing is through sheer love of it, that and that alone.
2. Genre fiction is easy to write. People will tell you to start out with something "easy" like a romance/mystery/kid's book. Don't even try. If you don't love a genre and read it voraciously, you'll never write it well enough to publish. ...
6. With talent like yours, you don't have to jump through all those hoops. The old saw about 10% inspiration / 90% perspiration is 100% true. Talent without skill is useless. That means skill at writing AND hoop-jumping. Learn the rules and follow them or nobody will ever find out about that talent of yours.
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