The Aspiring Writer & Absent Teacher

“Whenever I’m asked what advice I have for young writers, I always say that the first thing is to read, and to read a lot. The second thing is to write. And the third thing, which I think is absolutely vital, is to tell stories and listen closely to the stories you’re being told.” ― John Green What makes a writer great? There are many answers to this question but I want to focus on one characteristic shared by all notable writers, across the ages. They were/are readers. That might not be a shocking revelation if you’re already a writer who reads, but what might be surprising is the number of aspiring writers who claim an aversion to reading — and not on artistic grounds, but because they tru

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