Asked what tips or advice she had for writers still looking to be discovered? Dani Shapiro’s reply applies to writers across the board.
“Be true to yourself. Do the work that matters to you, and don’t think for a single second about the marketplace and what publishers might or might not be looking for. I once had a student who studied the bestseller list and tried to write a best seller. The work was awful. Once she turned to what truly mattered to her, she wrote a lovely first novel that was published and published well. Self-consciousness is the enemy of the writer.”
Books by Dani Shapiro:
Playing with Fire, Fugitive Blue, Picturing the Wreak, Slow Motion,
Family History: A Novel, Black and White and her latest –
Devotion: a memoir