@AnnieNilsson @shoot Yes! This is all great advice. I would also add a few other things. - I recently went to a panel about women in journalism, and this concept of "fear" kept coming up. We all hate rejection, but it is part of the game. Every writer gets rejected, and you're lucky if you get a response as to why -- as this will only help you improve your next pitch. Think about it that way. - Read, stay current, have favorite writers of novels, essays, blogs, etc. Follow people on Twitter. Twitter is content curated by people you respect. Think about it that way. - Do more than one thing. That is, if you want to write, also learn how to do SEO or create B2B content. These clients definitely pay, which will help supplement your pittance as a budding writer. and @shoot your writing group sounds awesome, let me know if you need more members!