Is anyone here a career writer? I read an article about a writer in New York who had accumulated enough wealth to retire at a relatively young age (50 or so) through writing, but was "Madoff'd" - and I'm wondering how practical writing is as a career? I certainly love telling stories and expressing my ideas and I really do enjoy the actual act of writing, once I get into a story I can burn an hour or three just writing. But is it really practical? I'm an IT professional by trade, and I hate the daily slog. I want to be a writer or entrepreneur or something out of the ordinary. Are novels the "best" thing to write as a career? I suppose that question really depends on what I am best at writing. I've heard that technical books are EXTREMELY competitive to publish. I certainly don't want to be the next Stephen King, at least I don't plan to be. I just want to accumulate a couple million dollars and retire. Is writing a feasible path to this? I suppose I could always continue to write on the side while working a day job. Thanks in advance for any wisdom anyone is willing to share.