Writers come from different backgrounds and walks of life. Their stories of how they got started are just as varied, and in some cases, unique. Some claim to have known from early childhood that they were destined to write. Others stumbled into writing or started later in life when they had the time or economic security. For some, writing is a form of therapy or something they do to relax. Writers who have gotten published talk about having overcome rejection with hard work and persistence. They talk about gaining respect for the craft and the importance of developing a professional attitude toward their work. In the field of commercial writing, there aren't many stories of early, overnight success. Like all creative, competitive endeavors, writing is a tough business. Royalty dollars, while not easily earned, are valued.