On the writer’s life

A couple months ago you were sitting in a Starbucks, and you met a copywriter who worked at a large ad agency. As you spoke to her about what she does and what you’re doing, she advised you—like many have—to live a little and not to work too hard.

You can’t be a great writer if you haven’t lived a life to write about,” she said with a striking gaze of youth and wisdom. Though she couldn’t have been more than thirty years old, her status and advice demanded attention and respect. This was a woman who had lived the writer’s life.

You work hard, and I can’t say that it’s a bad thing, but you have to go experience more and do more with your life other than just work. It’s not about taking a gap year to go find yourself in the mountains. It’s about living your truth. The truth is that you haven’t experienced a damn thing yet. But you can change that in a number of ways. Give yourself license to do more and have more fun. Say that it’s all in the name of having something to write about.