Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Letters to... Oh, whatever
Maybe because I e-know some e-people who are starting their non-e MFA's, I've been thinking a little about my own grad schooling.
Here's what I'd say for the benefit of those e-people, none of whom needs my help in the slightest.....
1. Your truest, you-est stories might not be the ones people love or the ones people hate. They might be the ones people don't have much basis for, the ones they meet with a not-ungenerous quiet.
2. If you're made to read or hear stuff about how much work writing is, how much bleeding and torture should be involved, be suspicious. Seriously, why the fuck would anybody ever consider doing something as nuts as fiction writing if it was no fun? Whatever a real good time is, for you, that's what you should be having when you write. Doesn't matter if it all gets thrown out.