Is 2013 the year you break up with writing?

Or the year your career really takes off? Writers explore this topic. Plus, an author resolves to read fewer books, Mark Twain’s take on the New Year’s, and more.

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The beginning of a new year marks a good time for writers to assess their careers. This week, there were a few stories that examine writers at different stages and different levels of success, diving into topics such as how to balance two writing careers and when to give up the freelance life.

Breaking up with writing: In this piece for The Awl, Bethlehem Shoals writes about a moment many of us have faced: whether to continue on the freelance path, or go for something more stable. After he became a father, Shoals went for the latter at an ad agency. Here he writes about why he’s OK with the experience. “There was no rational process or emotional tug-of-war. It was more like an invading army had landed and I was glad, not heartbroken, to welcome them.” Read the full piece here.

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