25 Things I Want To Say To So-Called “Aspiring” Writers
Seen a lot of folks giving advice to so-called “aspiring” writers these days, so, I figured what the hell? Might as well throw my dubious nuggets of wisdom into the stew. See if any of this tastes right to you. 1. No More Aspiring, Dingbats Here are the two states in which you may exist: person who writes, or person who does not. 2. You can aspire to be a lot of other things within the writing realm, and that’s okay. 3. Nobody respects writers, yet everybody wants to be one (probably because everybody wants to be one). 4. There exists no one way toward becoming a professional writer. 5. Point is, fuck the One True Way. 6. You will always have days when you feel like an amateur. 7. You learn early on how to write. 8. I’m just going to type this out a dozen times so it’s clear: finish your shit. 9. …in order to know when they must be broken. 10. … in order to know why they matter. 11. Writing is a technical skill. 12. Why are the days of our youth known as “salad days?” 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.
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