Jodie: Do you have any advice for students who want to make a literary life?
Genevieve: There’s no one way to make a literary life – if you want to be a writer, you write. I do have a few suggestions: find—and participate in—a literary community that makes your work possible, perhaps by joining an in-person or online writing group, taking a course or seeking a degree, attending a reading series, volunteering or working for a press or journal or library or bookstore, starting your own any of the above. Read a lot of contemporary writing in books and literary journals; create time for yourself to write and think about your writing. Most of all, being a writer means prioritizing your own writing in whatever way that means for you: perhaps taking 15 minutes each day to write or revise or think about writing; sending yourself on an occasional weekend writing retreat or staycation. Ultimately it means making sure your day job—which most likely will not be “being a writer”— and your friends—hopefully some of whom will be writers or artists or creators—allow you the time and space and energy you need to write.
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