Slice of Life: A Message to My Younger Literary Self

I found this thought from Mo Willems (via Jenn and Jill’s post).

“As a writer, what advice would you give your younger writer self?”

I decided to widen it a bit and give advice to my “younger” literary self.

  1. It’s ok to not like the books others like.
  2. Stop pretending.  Mom knows you’re faking it.
  3. Ask to be read to. It’s not just for little kids.
  4. Ask for help.
  5. Take that Shakespeare class.
  6. Don’t listen to your short story professor. He’s a frustrated writer.
  7. Don’t worry so much.
  8. Take more art classes.
  9. Memorize poetry.
  10. Pursue your passion. You will eventually, you might as well start early.
  11. Offer help.
  12. Re-read.
  13. Travel.
  14. Ask for help.
  15. Don’t be afraid of poetry.
  16. Write every day. No one will see it but you.
  17. Be patient with yourself.
  18. Find mentors.
  19. Get a cat. They make good company.
  20. Take pictures.
  21. Ask for help.
  22. Listen.
  23. Offer help.
  24. It’s never too late.
  25. Remember, there is room for you. You are good enough.

Thank you, Anna, Beth, Betsy, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara of Two Writing Teachers Blog for Slice of Life Tuesday. You and all who post and comment Tuesdays, provide for my past, current and future literary self. Read more slices here.