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William Shakespeare was one of those writers who wrote stuff that other people would say and he followed Samuel Johnson's precept that only a blockhead ever wrote except for money. This was writing into the late 19th century when then developed a cult of the novel in which the literary, as opposed to genre, novel was the apotheosis of sequential word production.

I know people who write for a living. It can pay pretty well, and it can be a lot of fun. None of them is particularly concerned with writing a novel, though one or two of them write comic books on the side. One even achieved a major career goal. He not only created a popular character but he managed to retain an interest in his creation. That is, he gets money whenever she shows up in a movie, television show, comic book or even in a novel. Samuel Johnson would have been proud of him.

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