Originally Posted by mrthejazz
From a fiction writer's point of view, it seems he is saying to be Stephen King over a Herman Melville. I'm not sure I agree. Melville made little money and died thinking he was a failure. Years later, his work Moby Dick was widely received as a great work of literary art. He was literally a starving artist. King, on the other hand, is a great writer who knows his market and knows how to craft the kinds of page-turners that people are addicted to.
Yep, it's up to you : do you want to enjoy your life or not ?
Also Herman Melville, at 27, saw his first published book become an instant bestseller (Typee). Too young? He was famous and maybe later made some bad decisions. And of course they was no Pavlina around to help him.
PS : I guess you read King's biography too.