Today’s advice is for essay writing, specifically–and a little hard to swallow for those of us who enjoy telling personal stories…
Phillip Lopate‘s dictum: The trick is to realize that one is not important, except insofar as one’s example can serve to elucidate a more widespread human trait and make readers feel a little less lonely and freakish.
–found in the New Ohio Review 22 Feature: Of Essays and Exes called “Writing What You Know and Whom You’ve Known” by Joey Franklin
What do you think of that dictum? What’s your writing dictum?