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Novel Ideas

The reality of writing differs dramatically from the public perception, says Lynne Hackles

A write life

There’s a huge gap in the public’s conception of a writer and the reality of it. Why are we all assumed to be stinking rich for starters? I blame the media. They don’t put jobbing writers on the front page when they are scratching a living from their words. Only the tiny percentage of top earners get into the headlines and even then, those celebrity writers disagree with the number of zeros on the end of their supposed annual earnings.

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