How to be a writer

By Paul Duginski, Jon Schleuss, Joy Press and Carolyn Kellogg

Aspiring writers often ask established authors, "How did you do it?" The truth is that there is no single path to literary success. We sent a nonscientific survey to writers participating in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: Did they keep a diary as a child? Did they ever have a book rejected? Did they earn a living from writing? We tabulated more than 200 responses to make the board game below. Roll a die and see where the writing life takes you.

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Written/researched by Joy Press and Carolyn Kellogg
Illustrations by Paul Duginski
Programming by Jon Schleuss