A struggling writer is a species that is dismissed by most, scorned by some and viewed pathetically even by those closest to him/her. The question that everybody actually is asking without saying as much is “Is it really a career choice?”
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Though a friend’s recommendation, I found the mythical entertainment-only temp agency that actually lived up to its promise of only staffing industry positions. And within a few days, I was off on my first job, filling in for a switchboard operator at a major studio I’d spend the next week referring to as Uncle Steve’s Dream Factory…
In my first four weeks here I have met five writers who say they don’t write. I’m starting to get it—it’s hard to tell people you’re an artist when you live in a place where there are a lot of people making art and getting paid to do it. Living among writers who have books and publishing contracts can be intimidating. It can make you think there is a good reason why it hasn’t happened to you.