- Readers should be excited.
- The lead character is introduced.
- Start by talking.
- Use the memories you have.
- There is a mystery to begin with.
The odds of being able to make a living writing are about 1 in 10,000, but you will probably be doing other writing than just books. If you mean “household name, at least in your genre,” then you are looking at odds of about 1 in 100,000.
Is writing a good career choice in 2019. Yes, in short. It takes strong writing skills to stand out in the crowd of online writers. It takes a lot of hard work and a humble attitude.
Writing is just a sideline to a conventional career. I’ve been an editorial person for 35 years and worked internationally, so this isn’t just a personal view. One of the authors I have worked with was a janitor.