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Writing That First Thing

“Remember that when you’re writing that first thing, you’re in an incredibly precious time. When you’re writing that book or that early story, write for yourself first and foremost. There’s going to come a time when that won’t be the case anymore, when there are going to be all these people who are involved. So, don’t be in any great hurry to publish or to get it out there into the world. Take your time to hone and draft that first book. Appreciate those early years where you’re writing for yourself because it never is quite the same once you start publishing.”

Excerpt from a Writer’s Digest interview with Brandon Taylor.

The bestselling (and Booker Prize-shortlisted) author discusses the interconnectedness of his work, the importance of short stories, and his latest release, The Late Americans. Interviewed  Michael Woodson

The May/June 2023 issue of Writer’s Digest is all about “Keeping It Short” —short forms of writing, that is. This issue includes advice for writing flash fiction, personal essays, and some of the shortest—but most important—bits of writing you’ll do: loglines, elevator pitches, query pitches, synopses, and marketing copy. Plus, we feature the perennial favorite 25th Annual 101 Best Websites for Writers.

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