13 Things I Want To Tell Young Writers

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1. Making money from your craft isn’t selling out.

There’s nothing noble about being a starving artist. Write in your spare time while maintaining a job that pays your bills. If you can get a job writing but it isn’t glamorous, take it. Writing in other forms will always help with the writing you really want to do, like how working our other areas of the body helps with the area you actually want to improve.

2. Consider yourself a sales person.

This applies to every professional but when you are writing an email to someone or otherwise trying to get them to help you. Consider who they are and how helping you can help them.

This means that instead of getting an email that says “it would mean so much to me if you would publish my work,” an editor would receive an email that…

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