What can YOU say in six sentences?
‘I don’t think you should look upon writing a book as some kind of cure-all,’ Alice says. ‘I know of too many people in my profession and yours who gave up their working lives due to stress or who were fired and several said they were going to write a book and you know what – they never did.’
‘Well, maybe I could write a bestseller,’ I say, hoping to win her over, 'and anyway, why should it matter as long as I believe I have something to say?'
‘Do you know the percentage of world writers who make the bestseller list – around .0002 per cent and, based on the current downtrend, you could probably add a couple of zeros to that. Charlie, write the book but in your spare time and then, if a publisher accepts it, wait till the signatures dry on the contract. If it is a success, and only then, consider well if you want to be a full-time writer because from what I hear it is just as stressful as the work you are doing now.’