I have spent most of my writing career discouraged about my writing. My writing career has so far covered over forty years of rejection notices and publication successes.
But if I had known at the age of twenty what I know now at the age of sixty-five, I would have been a much happier man.
Hello hello hello, all my brother and sister writers. It’s the Old Soldier here on a warm, rainy afternoon in Pittsburgh giving you the benefit of his hard-earned knowledge about writing in the school of hard knocks.
Wait a minute. Outside my window it’s stopped raining and the sun is coming out.
The worst mistake that I ever made as a writer was to be convinced that I would be rich and famous. You make a lot of foolish, self-destructive decisions as a writer and a human being when you are convinced that you are the next Hemingway.
Just remember this: 99.9% of all writers do not make a living as writers.
Just live your life: find a career or a job that you like or at least can tolerate, build good relationships and build a good life. Then just keep writing and you’ll be all right.
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