Depends who's asking
I am an transformational author, youth speaker and coach.
I work out and meditate everyday, eat healthily and honor my body. I am most creative and have the best energy when I'm in a rhythm with my sleep/work/play discipline. I work from home, so I must prioritize and stay focused. I write daily for my blog (The Year of Magical Dreaming) and submit articles to many online publications. I spend a lot of time "building a platform," aka developing an audience. I also use social media as a marketing tool for my business. I study successful people nonstop.
Find a mentor. Writing is the least common creative discipline to offer mentorships, but I think it is becoming more popular. There is so much business in writing now that it is worth it to meet with someone and make sure you are ready to be a marketer, publisher, PR person.
Here's the first step for high school students
Read, read, read. Study the best in your genre. Write as much as you can. No judgement. Just write.
"You can't just go around being a dreamer your whole life."
I let their fears and doubts become my own fears and doubts and it took many many years to un-bury myself from that pile. Now I see that NOISE as motivation to prove them wrong. I see the NOISE as encouragement to inspire others to plug their ears and follow their passions. I spent way too many years hoping to get back all the time I lost trying to live my life the way everyone else thought I should. True happiness is living YOUR purpose.
When my first online business failed, I had to file for bankruptcy. It was embarrassing and stressful and time consuming, but possibly one of the best decisions I made to accept failure and move on.
2 friends were stabbed to death in a gang related fight in Florida during spring break my first year of college. Fights were fairly common in high school, but no one had guns or used weapons. It really opened my eyes to the dangers of gang violence.
My dad killed my mom when I was five. I was the key witness in the trial. I moved around from aunts/uncles and grandparents. Psychologists predicted I would never be "normal." I was a "victim" and I acted like it. I had to rewrite my story.