For the Fledgling Writer

“Oh, You’re a Writer?”

If you’ve ever introduced yourself as “a writer” to anyone, you know what comes next. We’ve all heard it. “Oh, I tried to write something once! I got about twenty pages in and trashed it.” Everyone on the planet, it seems, has dreamed of writing the next bestseller, and has even pursued it for a whole ten minutes.

My response to this is generally something in between blank astonishment and inarticulate rage.

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