So You Want to Be a Writer

The World Is What It Is

The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.

— V.S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River

This book would be a great gift from a parent to a child who is interested in becoming a writer. When Junior discovers that winning the Nobel Prize in Literature at age 69 entails spending most of one’s decades depressed, impoverished, ignored, and bitter, he will likely knuckle under and agree to pursue radiology.

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