Advice for Writers, From The Famous of Them


“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” – Albert Camus

Meghan Masterson

Writing is an isolating activity. Not only do you, as a writer, spend hours by yourself on a computer or with a notebook, you also become immersed in a different world, and obsess over people who don’t exist outside of your own head. It can be pretty disorienting. One moment, you’re scribbling down a tense argument between your two main characters, and the next thing you know there’s a burned grilled cheese in your kitchen. Did you make that? (Yes. You did. ProTip: Never cook and write. Don’t be all, “This grilled cheese won’t need to be flipped for like five minutes, so I can totally write the next paragraph and come back.” You know you won’t be back in five minutes).

As long as you’re surrounded by books and have the internet, you’re never really alone. Many writers have been through the same situations, and know all the hardships…

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