Before Coffee: A Successful Writer

May 9, 2016 § Leave a comment

We all have an image in our head of what a successful writer’s day looks like, don’t we? We probably imagine them sleeping late, reading a bit over breakfast, pounding away at the keyboard all afternoon (either with coffee or liquor at hand), then going out for cocktails with their writer friends.

That’s not the reality of it, though.

I know I talk about Warren Ellis a lot, but in my defense, the guy can write like hell. Read Crooked Little Vein, if you don’t believe me.

Anyway, I’ve mentioned his newsletter, Orbital Operations. At least, I think I have. It’s Monday morning and my brain isn’t fully functioning yet. (Some would say it’s never fully functioning. And I would agree with them.)

This week’s edition of OO is a horrifying look at what it’s really like to be a successful writer. No, not a Stephen King-level superstar, but an honest-to-Joss, making-a-living-telling-lies writer.

Peek behind the curtain (if you dare).

Be warned: once read, it cannot be unread. You may change your mind about wanting to be a writer.

To be honest, I’m a little unsure myself.

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