The RWR Author Interview with Jim Denney

Here’s a short excerpt:

What are the advantages and disadvantages of writing for a living?

The biggest advantage is the commute. It’s a fifteen-second stroll from my bedroom to my office. Of course, people who enjoy commuting can also be writers. I have a friend who writes crime thrillers, and does all his writing on his laptop at Starbucks. But I prefer to make my own coffee (brewed to a consistency somewhere between crude oil and hot tar). And I prefer solitude when I write.

Disadvantages? Well, the obvious one is cash flow. It’s tough, especially in the early years of a fulltime writing career, to keep money in the pipeline. Your bills come due like clockwork, but advances and royalty checks are spaced months apart. Writing for a living requires a high tolerance for insecurity and uncertainty. On the other hand, if you happen to write a bestseller, there’s no limit to what you can earn.

In the rest of the interview, Jim Denney talks about outlining versus “seat of the pants” writing, the challenges of writing for young readers, where ideas come from, and more. Read the entire interview with author Jim Denney at Random Writing Rants.

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