... either by gradually developing your skills as a writer in a mapped out way (e.g. short stories for now; a novel down the line / basic plot structure for now; intricacies later) or by gradually building up your resume or list of published stuff (e.g. non-paying markets for now; then Asimov's; etc)? Same question for money. Is there an ultimate sum you'd like to be making and structured time frame you've set up to achieve that goal?