The world needs new writers more than ever.
Some are afraid of the self-publishing boom. They say the market is flooding. They say it’ll be impossible to get noticed anymore.
(Wherever change is happening, people are always going to worry their faces off – that’s a given.)
But the truth really is that the world needs new writers and new stories immediately.
Dickens was 150 years ago. Twain was 130 years ago. Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road” was published nearly 60 years ago! Soon Kerouac and Hemingway and Vonnegut will be as wierd for kids to read as Chaucer and Shakespeare.
Walker Percy was a doctor who transformed himself into an award-winning novelist. Percy said that the job of the modern writer is to illuminate and diagnose the symptoms of our present condition. The job of the writer is simple in this regard, to write plainly about how the world looks and feels.
This very instant, every person on the planet is arriving at the present moment; none of us know exactly what to do next.
If stories help us, and I believe they do, then we need as many new stories as we can get.
History is flooded with stories. The market is flooded with stories. But your unique story from your unique perspective is still untold. It’s a blank canvass, a baby, an unplanted seed.