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Advice to Young Writers
By Maria Padian
At the risk of sounding cliché, here’s my advice for any aspiring writer: Just. Do. It.
You’d be amazed at the number of people who want to write, dream of writing, talk about writing and all the ideas they have... and never actually sit down and write.
Here’s the biggest impediment to writing: not writing. I know, this sounds ridiculous, but I mean it. Put your fears aside and Just. Do. It. Don’t worry about whether your writing is good: I absolutely guarantee that most of your writing will be awful. In fact, awful writing should be a requirement. All writers know that we have to write thousands of awful sentences in order to come up with a few decent ones.
Don’t worry about not having ideas: if you keep moving that pen across the paper, and allow your imagination to flow, something, eventually, will jump out at you. On a good day, this might take seven minutes. But sometimes it takes years. Be patient with yourself.
Don’t worry about what others think of your writing: even Mark Twain got bad reviews. Seriously, if you want a good laugh, read his essay about critics.
Don’t worry about publishing, don’t worry about praise, don’t worry that you’re a bit odd, spending hours and hours alone scribbling about make-believe people. There are worse ways to spend your time, and here’s a lovely secret: it might give you joy. And then, if you create something you really like, and want to share it with someone else?
Guess what? You’re a writer.