Ignore This Advice


Policy Mic has a fun post about the four worst things people tell young writers about writing.

Perhaps the most important of these to disregard is “Good writers always write well”:

Imagine you are someone who has no idea how to play a guitar. One day, you pick up a guitar and run your fingers along the strings. To your horror, all you produce is a weird jangling sound….What if, based on that experience, you concluded that you’d never be able to learn to play and never touched a guitar again?

(Via Maria Popova’s Explore project, which also links to some of the best advice for young writers.)

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →