A question about learning how others broke into writing…

I’d like to know how famous writers like William Goldman, Stephen King, and Joss Whedon got their big break. Ya know, learn by example and see how the famous writers did it.

Josh Joshington, Turnpike, NJ

There’s a saying out there when it comes to breaking in… “if you find a way in, they’ll patch it up the second you get through.”

What works for one person doesn’t always work for someone else. But failure… well, failure is pretty universal. Learning to avoid failure means learning from mistakes. I’ve always found it’s better to let other people make those mistakes, and after you’ve finished laughing at their misfortune, you can analyze their approach to determine better ways of reaching your goal. To show how this principle works, The Creative Adviser worked around the clock (okay, you got me–it actually took a couple minutes on Google) to track down someone complaining about their failed writing career for this special interview.

Read the rest over at PopSyndicate’s The Creative Adviser.