The advice to “just keep writing and good things will happen” can be difficult advice for a young writer to accept. I was a young writer once and like many young writers I wanted things to happen fast. I wanted fame. I wanted big money.
Well, things did not happen fast. I was never famous and I did not make any big money.
But good things did happen to me because I was a writer who kept writing.
I got a Liberal Arts Associates degree around 1973. I was accepted to the University of Pittsburgh as a sophomore writing major around 1999. I graduated with a BA in 2003. I was accepted to the graduate writing program that same year. And in that same year I was awarded a fellowship that not only paid for my graduate studies but also gave me a generous stipend to live on for three years.
After I graduated with an MFA, a local newsweekly started publishing my flash fiction stories and articles and paid me for them. I published over fifty pieces in a two-year period and was offered the paid position of fiction editor. Unfortunately, the weekly folded before I could take up my position.
So I took early retirement to become a full-time blogger. Money is tight, but after three years I can say that I am the editor, publisher of what may be the most dynamic flash fiction magazine in the world.
Just keep writing and good things will happen to you.
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