Monday, July 15, 2013

Great Writing Advice from Elizabeth Strout

I loved the interview with Elizabeth Strout {you can read my review of her book Abide With Me here} in the August 2013 issue of The Writer magazine. Here's a quote from the interview that really stuck with me:

What advice do you have for beginning and early-stage writers?

Elizabeth Strout: "I know the frustration which never goes away. You want so much to sit down and get it right. You have to learn to tolerate the frustration. You have to be patient and just keep writing. You're only going to learn it by doing it and by reading. You read and you write, and you read and you write. That's the hard part for beginning writers: having to accept that it may be a very long process. Also, you have to be willing to expose yourself -- to put your true emotions in your work."

What books are your reading and loving this summer?

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