Just wanted to post links to a couple of articles that echo some conversations I've had about writing with friends recently:A writing career becomes harder to scale
: I'm dubious about whether the phenomenon of would-be writers hoping for a quick success is really new - I'm sure that back in Dickens's day you had hopefuls who were just sure they could score that coveted newspaper serial slot and become rich and famous. But I think the article is right about the necessary quality of persistence in a writer. Ten years ago, I used to wonder whether I had the talent to become a successful fiction writer. These days, I wonder about whether I have the sheer bloody-minded persistence. One pair of boots at a time - how to get everything in a scene right and not go mad
: How to cope with difficulties writing dialogue and description at the same time. I'll admit, I've never perceived a particular difficulty in writing dialogue and description simultaneously, but I think that's because I try to write very strongly through the lens of the point-of-view character, which tends to unify the dialogue and description into a single experience. But I had a conversation with someone about this difficulty quite recently, and then this article popped up. Sometimes I think the internet is eavesdropping on me.