Garth Greenwell, author of the award-winning novel What Belongs to You, recently gave the commencement speech to the graduates of the writers’ seminar at Bennington College. Here are his seven rules for “making it” as a writer (without losing yourself in the process).
- Hold your friends close.
- Comparison is the devil.
- Envy doesn’t matter.
- The content changes, but the anxiety remains the same.
- Not writing is the only failure that matters.
- Read everything.
- Remember the real life of literature.