Advice to the Young: Be True to Yourselves and Forge New Pathways (feat. photo, Patti Smith)

“Build a good name. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a lot of money or being successful; be concerned with doing good work” – Patti Smith.

Denny Taylor: It is an extraordinary thing to spend everyday writing. I write with a passion as if the devil is behind me – and in some sense he is. There is less time than there was and I want to do everything I can to support young people who I care so much about.

Like many grey haired friends who do not want to ride into the future on the backs of the young we share our wisdom of long lives in the hope it will in some way be of use to those who follow on.

It’s the reason for Garn Press – for the books we publish and the articles and editorials on the Garn website. Next week Garn will publish Split Second Solution, which every reviewer so far has seen as a clarion cry for those of us who have wrinkles on our faces to take up the call to change the direction in which we are leading the young. And for young people, millennials, to be true to yourselves and forge new pathways into the future rather than the ones we are leading them along.

11 Writers: Advice to the Young:

What would some of the greatest writers of our time advise their younger peers? Find out here where Jonathan Franzen, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Richard Ford, Umberto Eco and seven others share their thoughts on how to make it as a writer.

So what advice do we give the young?

Listen to those who have gone before you, take the knowledge, the advice, the warnings and admonitions, but in the end you must find your own way. Like Patti Smith who shares the advice she received from William S. Burroughs who told her to “build a good name. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a lot of money or being successful; be concerned with doing good work.”

Related: Visit a great series “Advice to the Young” from the Open Culture website.

 

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