Bad Writing

If you have an hour and a half to spare in the next few weeks, check out Bad Writing by Vernon Lott. It’s streaming for free throughout the month of January. There are so many voices here hanging language on ideas about writing that I’d like to say myself (to myself, to my students, to other writers), but I’d be constantly contradicting myself if I did say it all. I think that’s why writing stuff — really pursuing writing — causes such anxiety: there is no simple answer for why writing is bad or for why anyone should do it, except lots of people are compelled to do it, and if you’re going to do it, maybe it’s best not to take yourself too seriously (even if it’s your life’s work??) and to not be ego-maniacal about it, and to work hard, while also taking it easy on yourself (because you will fail), while also continuing to experience the real world outside your brain so that you know what it is to be human… maybe?

Check out the film here.

Vernon talks with George Saunders.

Vernon talks with George Saunders.

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Geoff Herbach. I am the author of Stupid Fast and Nothing Special, among a bunch of other stuff. When I'm not writing, I teach writing at Minnesota State, Mankato.

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