TITLE: Another "I'm Successful Because I Was Lucky" Admission AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: January 26, 2017 3:37 PM DESC: ----- BODY: This one from essayist and cartoonist Tim Kreider, in an AdviceToWriters interview:
What's your advice to new writers?I appreciate humble advice. The advice Kreider goes on to give aspiring writers is mostly obvious, as he says up front that it will be, but he also shares a quote from Thoreau that I like:
I first have to say that whatever moderate success I may have achieved has been so much a result of dumb luck that I feel fraudulent presuming to offer any advice to young writers, as if I did any of this on purpose or according to plan.
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.As someone who most days runs out of time to read as much computer science as I want, I value this reminder. -----