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This is like saying that playing professional baseball is only slightly more difficult than hitting a beach ball with a stick. What does this teach us? And none of that ever gets old. Extracting Roger Waters out of those lyrics would require radical surgery. Because someone sold it, which means the writer did something right.

A whole lot of them. You want to get actual life experience outside of being a writer, otherwise your first novel will be like every other first novel out there, which revolves around a young writer trying to figure out his life, and then sitting down to write about it.

Work on Your Zen. Which brings up the question: I own a minivan and the complete works of Journey; honestly, from the point of view of being cool, I might as well be dead.

A corollary to this is: It should also give you hope: Yes, the lack of experience thing crops up a whole lot. A good place to start is by checking out author blogs, because authors are always blathering on about crap like that.

People who write books where the main character is a young, questioning writer should be shot out of a cannon into a pit filled with leeches.

I know, I know. Yeah, they suck pretty bad. Recently I edited a science fiction magazine. Because I thought these people wrote really, really well, and I wanted to write like them. A short story I wrote in high school, and God help us all the lyrics to a prog-rock concept album I wrote in my first year of college.

And you know how many editors in the real world were editors of their school newspapers? It avoids nasty pile-ups later. From those, there were about 40 I thought were good enough to buy.

Most teenagers lack the experiential vocabulary and grammar for writing well; you lack a certain amount of perspective and wisdom, which is gained through time.

And then you can take those and use them to get more serious gigs over time, and just keep trading up. Just something to keep in mind. Just like you are now. Any jerk can do that. Heck, we like it when you visit the library.

This is not to say that at this point you should let this information guide you in what you write — at this point you should write what interests you, not what you think is going to make you money one day, if for no other reason that the publishing industry, like any industry, has its fads and trends.

For writing deathless, original prose, not so much. There are practical and philosophical reasons for this. I used my college newspaper clips to freelance with the local indie papers in town and also with one of the major metropolitan newspapers… and those clips help me get my first job out of college, as a movie critic at a pretty large newspaper.

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Being young is good for many things, like being flexible, staying up for days with no ill effects, not having saggy bits, and having hair. If this bad writer can sell a book or magazine article, then you should have no problem, right?

As they say, luck favors the prepared.

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Two, read thiswhich covers most of the major complaints people have had about this assertion. You are not likely to have my influences, but you almost certainly have influences of some sort, who you love and to whom you look as models and teachers.

If you look at those two pieces I linked you to earlier, they rather heavily bear the mark of people like whom I wanted to write — humorist James Thurber in the case of the short story, and Pink Floyd lyricist Roger Waters in the case of the would-be concept album.

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Dude, writers make almost nothing most of the time. There may be others. More to the point, at the time they were also the best I could do. Lots of writers were, too I was editor-in-chief of both my high school and college newspaper, so that makes me a two-time loser.

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