Left-handed advice

Celebrate Left-Handers Day August 13 with writing advice from six talented lefties.
Published: July 1, 2013


“You write in order to change the world … if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.”
—James Baldwin, author of Go Tell It on the Mountain

“Music is great training for writing. As is most of being alive. Love, cereal, taxes, tragedy, jazz, all good for writing.”
—Rick Moody, author of The Ice Storm

“Don’t write about what you know – write about what you’re interested in… There’s a whole world out there to explore.”
—Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earing

“I think what you actually learn is the art of self-editing. It’s that ability to look at a line dispassionately and not feel attached to it just because you’ve written it. It’s also a matter of confidence.”
—Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“Identify what conditions you need in order for your work to flourish (solitude or a cafe, a writers group, an MFA program, a cabin in the woods), and do what you can to create them.”
—Elizabeth Graver, author of The End of the Point

“Panicky despair is an underrated element of writing.”
—Dave Barry, humor columnist