He’s probably most well known for selling used tissues for $80.
But standup comic Mekki Leeper once pointed out a huge difficulty of creative writing on a local Iowa news broadcast.
INTERVIEWER: “So starting out, the money is a little thin?”
MEKKI: “You make nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, and then — suddenly — you’re making an income. There’s no gradual incline.”
Most full-time writers will tell you a similar story: they had supplemental jobs, then they got a paycheck big enough to quit and begin writing.
The hardest part isn’t learning to write well.
It’s surviving the years of making nothing.