I spent several years writing a failed Young Adult science fiction novel . . . It is only recently that I’ve pivoted back to thinking about my day job as a journalist and non-fiction writer. Rather than fiction writing.
That said, I’m so glad I tried hard to write fiction—it taught me some lessons. But sometimes once you know the “lesson”… ? Well, some people writing fiction should give up—and move on—before all your passion is gone for something that will “never allow you to quit your day job.” We hear stories of fiction writers who had to struggle at their craft for years before becoming successful. Sure, that’s true….