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First, don't starve

Tobias Buckell gives great advice to new writers. His latest gem: if you're starting out, live somewhere cheap because it will allow you to fulfill your dream of becoming a writer. He explains.

I remember talking to someone . . . as yet unpublished, who told me they envied me the dream of writing full time. They said it was their greatest dream. I told them I envied the fact that they could sell their house and live where I lived for 10 years on the cash at hand, and write for 10 years without any worries.

“I couldn’t do that, I couldn’t leave CITY X.”

“Ah,” said I. “You love that dream then, far more than the dream of writing.”

 
Read the whole post here.

(I also recommend Patrick Rothfuss' post that Buckell expanded upon.)

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