How to be a Writer – Part Four

Success! You did it! Two months of writing in your spare time and you’ve finished your first novel! What’s more, not one week after typing ‘The End,’ you’ve secured a literary agent! And just two weeks after that, your book is on its way to the printing press! This is what it’s like to be a writer, my friend (though, to be fair, things usually move a little bit quicker than this). You might think the hard part is over, but you…would be wrong! Dead wrong!!

Now we get to the hard part: finances. Your debut novel is about to hit the market. Do you A) Play it safe? or B) Assume your book is going to be a best-seller and soon thereafter turned into a major motion picture starring Harrison Ford?

Any writer worth their salt will tell you there’s really only one option here: Option B. That economical car you drive? Trade it in for a new sports car. The studio apartment where you hang your hat? It must go. That pricy condo on the Tony side of town is where you need to be. You’ve sacrificed. You’ve worked long and hard. You’ve spent your share of time in the desert. Now? Now it’s time to enjoy the fruit of your labors!!

Published by Dan Hendrickson - Writer

A comic, screenwriter and poet, I grew up in Northwest, Minnesota. Years later, I earned my MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University in St. Paul. I've been a guest on KFAI’s Write On! Radio and Prairie Public Radio’s Main Street. I have a new book out called Comedy Album. If you wished to do so, you could buy it. https://www.amazon.com/Comedy-Album-Dan-Hendrickson/dp/1938237315

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