My daily med: Are you a writer if no one reads your stuff? I had always intended to be a writer, a novelist. But I learned early on, when I wrote half a bad book in college, that I didn’t actually know anything and it showed in my writing. But then I got sidetracked by joining a band even though I didn’t know how to play the bass I bought the next day. Long story short, we learned, wrote a ton of bad songs and few catchy ones, and three months later I found myself on stage in front of a couple of hundred drunken kids. I loved it.
So, when I started writing more seriously it was a natural assumption that if you didn’t put it out there in public, for money, you weren’t a writer. That’s been a big advantage for me: essentially learning in public.