This year, I had the honor and privilege of meeting two of my biggest literary heroes, George Saunders and Cheryl Strayed. In the unfortunate instance you aren’t already familiar, George Saunders is a renowned short story writer, whose recent book Tenth of December was hailed as “The Best Book You’ll Read This Year” by the New York Times; and Cheryl Strayed is the author of the best-selling memoir Wild, and provider of the wise words of “Dear Sugar,” a fanatically followed advice column on TheRumpus.net, recently compiled into the book Tiny Beautiful Things.
Both of them talked about how their writing careers got started, and what it takes to be a great writer. I was so touched, inspired, and encouraged by their words, that I knew I had to share with everyone (fellow aspiring writers especially). That article is finally here, new on Thought Catalog.