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Goodreads asked Victor A. Davis:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Victor A. Davis Find a good day job. Harsh advice, but that's what I've got for you. If you aspire to be a writer, you're probably imagining yourself in a villa in the south of France pounding away at a typewriter, with an agent begging you for a manuscript so you can tour the world giving speeches and book signings. For me, writing is a business, a very low-paying side job. I don't do it for the fame or the money, but to create a legacy. No one will remember the products of my day job, but that's where I get the capital to run my side business without a handout from anyone. The products of my side job (my stories) are how I hope to be remembered. Sure, I dream of that villa too, but I'm willing to take the long road to get there, so that hopefully, that will be me at 60. But as a young person, I have to focus a lot of my time on a valuable career, and throwing myself headlong into that writing dream means begging for recognition and waiting for a big break. If you want total creative control, then get your non-writing life in order, use it to fund your writing life, and learn to market and manage yourself as a small business owner.

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