To all Exhausted Writers Contemplating Giving up on Writing. (My response to Polly’s Bad Advice in the NY Magazine)

I recently stumbled on an advice column on The New York Magazine “Should I Give Up on my Writing?” A frustrated writer in her mid-50s was expressing her frustration and readiness to give up writing. She wants to make it and wants to breakthrough. I enjoyed reading the response. Now, I’ll be giving my two cents…

Writers: you are an expert. Now the question is, what kind of an expert?

As an aspiring writer, you probably know the importance of platform and having a target audience. You understand why you cannot write a book for “everyone.” Rhetoric involves connecting with your audience. Having a platform doesn’t mean being a “cheesy salesperson” as Christina Katz, author of Get Known before the Book Deal and Writer Mama,…