(I’m going to post this here, now, so that when I do make it big financially, I can prove I really did believe this while I was still poor.)
If you don’t love writing for the sake of writing, get out. For the sake of your own sanity, do something else.
I would like to make a career of my screenwriting and novel writing, but if I don’t, I will still do it and be glad that I do.
The truth is that the majority of us (like 99.9997%) will never make it big as writers…not Terry Rossio big, doubtfully Damon Lindelof big, nor Nora Ephron big. Hell, I’m not even sure the simple majority (50%+) will even make a livable wage as writers.
But as much as I want to hit it big and spread the gospel of my genius (he says only half-facetiously), I write because I love writing and I don’t know how to not write.
I can do other things to keep food in the house and a roof over my head, but I don’t want to if I don’t have to. It all interferes with my time for writing.
Perhaps this passive approach to accomplishing something with my writing will keep me from making it big. But I prefer to think that by focusing on the joy of writing, the excitement of expressing my thoughts and feelings, I will be happy throughout the entire process, from now to wherever and whenever I end up.
If nothing else, this attitude means that everything that comes down the road is a known positive rather than a potential disappointment.
Good luck, everyone.