Writing vs the Lottery: Which is better for everyone?

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Some online comments I read recently made a point about the potential success of the indie ebook writer that I had never considered before: The odds of becoming a successful indie ebook writer (and by “successful,” I mean earning a significant income from ebooks) is actually lower than your chances of winning the lottery.

Once I got past the depressing implication of that statement, I started thinking about it practically, to wit: If I had the choice of either writing or playing the lottery, which would be better for me… and for everyone in general? Continue reading