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J Ahlberg anothermadidea
Is the dream to become a writer, or have the prestige that comes along with the success of being a popular writer? The two notions may be convoluted. 

If it's the first, just do it, write. You can have the best of both worlds. Write and do something else. Maybe one could write about their experiences as a doctor. Professions such as law require you to write all day long in some capacity or other. There are also plenty of professions where one can write for a living doing copy for websites, writing company reports or analysis and so on. 

If it's the second, and one were to think of writing as purely getting a work of fiction published, not only has the concept of writing been significantly narrowed, but the actual writing has been devalued. If writing only seems worth it for monetary recompense, the quality and love of it is diminished. Some people are lucky enough to get their good work recognised in this way, but for others, the writing has to be enough. Even great writers don't always get the recognition they deserve and too many poor writers get applauded, consumed and famed. Think Katie Price and quality T.V. Incredible I know, but somehow she's popular.

Many other successful writers had different day jobs or were financially independent. Ernest Hemingway wrote for newspapers, Lewis Carroll was an inventor and mathematician and many other writers tend to be teachers. Hence, even the greats have to have a day job.

Writing has to be its own reward or it's not worth doing.