One of The Hardest Things About Becoming a Full-Time Writer

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.

Prepare yourself.

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