A Writer's Life: How do Successful Writers Really Live

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This book is a self-biography about my life as writer. I won’t be dedicating the following pages to explaining how to make money as a writer but merely describe what it really is to be like the 1% in the book industry, how it feels and how I spend my days.

One thing is to want to write a book and another, completely different, is to want to be a full-time writer. Very few people can do that. To be more precise, only 1% of the millions of writers in the world can claim to be writers as a full-time job.

Furthermore, less than that 1% will ever admit how their life is really like. Some of them talk about money, the topic everyone always wants to hear but almost none really talks about what it means to be a full-time writer.

I’ve been a full-time writer for the past four years of my life. I can positively say that it is a dream that became a reality, as much as I can say that it didn’t really chance much of who I am or my lifestyle. In fact, to be a full-time writer brings new challenges to our life, most of them unexpected.

In the following chapters, I describe how it feels to live as a young writer, how it feels to have such career and freedom, but also my honest thoughts and insights about it.

Although what is here written doesn’t apply to all the writers in the world, or even all the writers within the top 1%, it does reflect the life of the majority, and likely a life they don’t like to talk about. And yet, these words reflect the truth of what it is to live like a writer, even though, nonetheless, it is indeed a book about my own life.

  1. Finding the Tao
  2. There are No Second Places
  3. Beyond the Writing
  4. The Meaning of Having Freedom
  5. Not Anyone Can Be a Writer
  6. It is Normal to Be Arrogant
  7. The 1%
  8. Drugs
  9. Top of the World
  10. A Spiritual Path
  11. Deceptions
  12. Habits

Finding the Tao

Life can change a lot, and it's not that easy to find a place where we can feel good. I thought it was, long time ago, but the more I travel, the more surprised I am with the world. And I wish I could say these surprises are positive. I truly do. I'm not a negative person but I rather look at reality with a realistic point of view, than pretending that it's all in my head and be positive about whatever happens.

I recently attended a Buddhist seminar looking for inspiration and really hated it. I had to keep my mouth shut, because everyone there was loving it and even taking notes. But for me, it was one of the most stupid seminars I ever attended. The woman speaking had no idea of what she was saying, and I'm not even referring to spiritual perspectives that are completely wrong from the angle of any spiritual text I ever read, including ancient Tibetan books, but also her opinion about what she named "orientals". She clearly didn't travel to the "orient" or not enough at least.” [...]


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