My work as a fiction writer involves exploring the pathways of my imagination. It's where I get my best ideas. It's where I record the most inspired dialogue between my most provocative characters. Running barefoot in these fields is what can make my writing great.
At the same time, not being grounded in reality will send me to painful and unproductive sessions. I need to strike a balance between these two worlds if I'm to find financial success at this craft. Imaginary readers have no money for my books. Imaginary reviewers, even the positive ones, make no dent on my readership.