The main reason young writers fail is that they take up their pen before they have accumulated experience:
As to the young people who are going into writing — I beg them to have no impatience to be published. I tell them that the notion of acquiring some reputation in order to impress parents and friends is one of the enemies of good writing.
Do not aspire to earn your living by your pen — get some job to support you while you write at midnight, and take a job as little connected with writing as possible — teaching mathematics, I think, would be splendid. Having a gas station on the New Mexican desert would be wonderful.
(Quoted from page 174 of The Life of the Creative Spirit, by H. Charles Romesburg. Xlibris, 2001.)
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