“A long apprenticeship is the most logical way to success. The only alternative is overnight stardom, but I can’t give you a formula for that.”
Please believe that my feet are firmly planted on the earth when I tell you the following, because I have seen the evidence: Everything you do for your writing practice counts toward future success. Every single bit. Every free gig, volunteer effort, labor of love, writing conference, or great idea that didn’t fully pan out; all the hours and materials you donate; those paid, but especially those unpaid, events; every person you help or take advice from—all of it flows into the well of your success.
In fact, I hope you will begin, from here on out, to chart, ...