Journalists Who Turn to Writing Fiction Can Find it Tough Going

It's the dream of many journalists, one with particular appeal in what is a gloomy time for the news business: Write a best-selling novel, retire to a beach house somewhere, live off the royalties and leave the grind of daily deadlines far behind.

But Scott Flander, a former reporter who has written two books and is at work on his third, warns would-be authors that writing fiction involves nothing less than incredibly hard work and a complete transformation of the journalistic mindset.