Think of struggling artists and I conjure up images of hairy poets and scrawny artists knocking out rubbish no-one wants. Yet, earning a living from writing, music and art is harder than ever.
There's this from the paper today about how hard it is to earn a living as a writer. My abortive attempt at a book was never going to make me any money, but that wasn't why I was doing it.
Then there's this very nicely-put dose of reality about music.