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Writing Advice from the Bookshelf: How Do You Become a Writer?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Excerpt from The Complete Guide to Writing Fiction by Barnaby Conrad and the staff of the Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference:

The Complete Guide to Writing Fiction

If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling.

You must write every single day of your life.

You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next.

You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.

Barnaby Conrad on Becoming a Writer
Work Cited:

Conrad, Barnaby. The Complete Guide to Writing Fiction. Cincinnati, OH: Writer’s Digest Books, 1990. 7–8. Print.

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