Spotted this yesterday and am passing it along for the people who come to Inkican for free author advice. I’m happy to share with you because people shared with me, that’s how it works! This 30-minute video is a GREAT resource for young or aspiring authors: Ten Things I Wish I’d Known as a Teen Author. Give it a watch and take notes, this guy gets it and you’ll get it too after you watch this.
One of my takeaways was: Yes, you can be a pro writer. It’s not a one-in-a-million shot, there are a ton of writing jobs out there beyond being a professional novelist. He’s not afraid of telling you what you need to hear. No one is going to force you to be a writer, and if you’re getting into writing because you want to be rich and famous then you’ll be in for a bad shock.
I still love this, Brandon Sanderson makes a ton of great points – watch this video to get a roadmap for a professional writing career.