When People Tell You that You Can’t Become a Writer, Read This. Realize You Can Do It. Then Get Back to Work.

“All of those people who told you’d never become a writer because you come from a blue-collar background—they’re wrong. You can accomplish anything if you work hard. All those hardships, the depression, I would learn to harness into my work. Things would get better. The most important thing you can do for a teenager is to let them know you lived through it, you made it to adulthood, and you’re okay.”—Matthew Quick, author of Silver Linings Playbook and new YA book Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

I love this quote from a Parade interview author Matthew Quick answered to the question, “So, given Leonard’s letters to himself, what would you tell yourself if you wrote one now to your teenaged self?”

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