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Odds of Hanging On

Odds are not the greatest. Even if you have success at the beginning of your career, there's no guarantee it's going to continue. As a fiction writer or screenwriter, one big hit early on may fill you with false confidence—you may have just peaked, sorry to say. Even if you have a more secure job as a feature writer for a newspaper, things may suddenly turn bleak. In case you haven't heard, newspapers are having their own troubles these days. If your newspaper goes under, so do you.