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On a writing career in 2013

It is hard being a full-time writer, trying to make a living at it. Brian Keene, the horror writer, gave a talk to a writers bootcamp and subsequently published a dark and quite bleak view of what is involved. It includes tips on what to do, how to protect yourself and also a good perspective on the income and costs (not just financial).
On Writing Full-Time (circa 2013)

Nate Southard came back with some counter-arguments which make a lot of sense to me, particularly his focus on writing the story rather than thinking about the career. It is good to see this other side also published on Brian’s blog.
FORGET THE CAREER, SERVE THE STORY (A Rebuttal to Brian Keene’s On Writing Full-Time circa 2013)

If you are serious about being a full-time writer, I strongly recommend reading both to get a balanced idea of what this means. These are the charts showing the reefs and shoals that await the unwary as well as the pleasures of writing full-time.

Acknowledgement: these articles came to my attention through Lois Gresh’s article on the Book View Café blog: Full-Time Writing: Oh, the Horrors!

1 Comment so far

  1. Mike Keyton March 31st, 2013 5:18 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed the links/ articles here,Phillip, and ended up with a frisson of disappointment. Brian keene gave fair warning, his private life is private, so I shouldn’t have been too surprised there was no ‘contact’button on his website, but I reckon he’d be a natural of an OFW Rack interview

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