This was on Neil Gaiman's journal blog. Advice worth taking, Word Nerd thinks.
Dear Neil,I read your site everyday, and STILL I'm not a famous author,
what am I doing wrong?-mE.
At a guess, either you aren't writing enough, you aren't finishing things,
you aren't getting them published, or, if you're doing all of those, you're
worrying about the wrong things. Anyway, famousness is probably about as useful
for an author as a large, well-appointed hiking backpack would be for a prima
ballerina. Honest.Right. Back to work.