On payment

When does writing pay? When does money come from this endeavor that you dedicate your life to?

The simple answer is that it doesn’t matter. You value learning over money. Through your practice, you write more than most people at any age do on a consistent basis, and so you’re learning more. Is this not more precious than a paycheck?

Focus first on creating value for others and learning while you do it. Being paid to do it comes later.