All You Really Need to Know

I hear a lot of writers lamenting their lack of higher education, as if college classrooms hold the keys to the kingdom of publishing rather than academia.

Here's all I think you really need, other than a lifelong love of the written word:

"Writing fiction has developed in me an abiding respect for the unknown in a human lifetime and a sense of where to look for the threads, how to follow, how to connect, find in the thick of the tangle what clear line persists. The strands are all there: to the memory nothing is ever really lost."
-- Eudora Welty,
One Writer's Beginnings, Finding a Voice

They don't teach that in Comparative Literature Studies, or English Literature of the Seventeenth Century, nor do you learn such a thing in Freshman Comp. It comes of keenly observing people, looking into your own heart, and daily exploring your discoveries on the page.

And oh, yes, read Ms. Welty's stories to glimpse a master at her work.


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