"Hey son, what you doing?"
"Hey mum, I'm just looking at some websites and magazines I can send my stories to."
"Do any of them pay?"
"Er, yes, but most are 'token' payment, and quite a lot don't offer payment at all..."
"You really need to do something that gets you money."
You're wasting your time doing something I previously gave you praise for. Furthermore, you read Stephen King, and he makes a lot of money from writing, so why aren't you now making a lot of money from it? I have no idea what I'm talking about. What's the point of doing *anything* if you don't get paid?
This conversation seems to happen every single week. Every. Single. Week.