I used to feel this way, but hey, what’s the point of getting stressed out ? We’re all part of the millions and millions of ‘writers’ out there all seeking a fast buck and trying to rise above the noise of everybody else. It won’t happen any time soon, and to be brutally honest, it probably won’t happen at all. The trick is to get a good day job, enjoy writing your book in your spare time, self-publish it, and then go on and write the next one ad infinitum.

Meg Dowell

No one told me it would be like this.

When I formally decided I was going to “be” a writer — whenever that was, whatever that means, I’m still uncertain — I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I knew writing books would take a long time. I knew writers didn’t get paid much and that in general your chances of getting published were minimal at best.

Always hungry for a challenge, I dove in anyway. At first, I didn’t care about the money or the recognition, I just knew I needed to start getting my work out there no matter the cost.

I was 22 when I started my career as a writer — not counting the three years I had spent before that interning and contributing to various publications in my spare time.

It has been five years, and there are days I feel like nothing has…

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