How Publishing My First Novel at Twenty-Five Almost Ruined Me for Life
I thought I was the exception to every rule about writing being a hard living. I got exactly what I deserved.
by the time Prufrock
I want, I want, I want.
how do I sell these books, why aren’t they enough, how long will it take—could
I want, I want, I want—
why won’t my books sell why do I write,
Writing is hard,
writing is hard,
writing is hard,The Bluest Eye
Laura Goode is the author of a collection of poems, Become a Name (Fathom Books, 2016), and a novel for young adults, Sister Mischief (Candlewick Press, 2011) which was a 2012 Best of the Bay pick by the San Francisco Bay Guardian and a selection of two ALA honor lists. She co- wrote and produced the feature film Farah Goes Bang. Her nonfiction has appeared in BuzzFeed, Longreads, ELLE, Refinery29, New Republic, New York Magazine, Fusion, The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer: Logger, IndieWire, and Bright Ideas, where she is a contributing editor.
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“We live in a sequence of ten thousand birth stories. The best we can do is keep getting born.”
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To all the wonderful would-be authors out there: Do as I say, not as I do.