Encouraging a would-be writer

“The Atlantic” magazine observed wryly that nowadays more people than ever are writing books and fewer people than ever are reading them. Consider Stephen Dixon


Before becoming a full-time writer Dixon worked a plethora of odd jobs ranging from bus driver to bartender.

Just get a WordPress blog and write every day from the heart. Back it up regularly too so you do not lose all your work. Write for yourself. Wallace Stephens in his correspondence mentioned one contemporary poet who “did not write because he MUST.” Write because you must and not because you always thought you SHOULD.

Think of those writers who wrote for themselves and died never knowing they would be famous (Emily Dickinson, Fernando Pessoa)


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