Replay: The kid who asked me about being a writer, to whom I gave blunt, honest answers

I think this particular post needs to go into rotation somehow.

A kid had a writing assignment from school, and while in general I will not answer “my teacher gave me homework, and I’m passing my homework on to you” requests, I did answer this one.

I did not pull any punches. Did not glamorize writing. Did not say what was safe, or expected of me, or nice.

I just told the truth, which most people don’t want to hear, no matter how much they might declare otherwise.

So.

Want the truth about writing fiction for a living, and how to get there?

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

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