You want to write?

This is my advice. There are two living writers of literary fiction you can learn from. If you have any literary ambitions and have not read everything these two have written, you are wasting your time. Stop writing now, read these two writers, then, if you haven’t been intimidated out of your desires, start writing again.

James Salter. Read these:

Solo Faces, A Sport and a Pastime, Light Years, and Dusk.

James Salter

James Salter


Kent Haruf. Read these:

Plainsong, Eventide, and Benediction.

Kent Haruf

Kent Haruf


These are the two finest writers of literary fiction still alive. You should be aiming for them. If you can’t make it, stop writing. There’s enough crap out there.


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