Writing careers, like those of teachers, embody serious rewards but also require major investments in time and effort. And that’s not only in the actual performance on the computer, putting 110,000 words together into a narrative. Writers also face long nights in which they stare through a window at the moon while they struggle to compose a plotline that works. But the rewards are limitless. There’s a sense of contributing something worthwhile to the lives of readers. An argument could be made that the same thing is true of everyone who holds down a job. But if you sell shows, no matter how good the shows feel, it’s unlikely anyone ever comes back and gushes about how great the footwear is.