Dismissing Dr. Johnson’s assertion that, “No man but a blockhead ever wrote for money,” it is safe to say that most writers aren’t in it for the wages, fringe benefits, or short hours. There are much easier ways to make a buck and few better ways to stay poor. No. Lurking in the shadows behind every writer is the relentless spirit of the zealot. The act of writing is an act of faith; someone will be read and perhaps be changed.
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