advice to Aspiring Authors from Junot Díaz

Junot Diaz advice to authors

“The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.”

—Junot Díaz, from The Daily Beast’s “How I Write” interviews. Díaz is a Dominican-American author, who is known for his best-selling novel, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. It won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His latest book, This Is How You Lose Her, is a collection of short stories that was a finalist for the National Book Award.

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2 thoughts on “advice to Aspiring Authors from Junot Díaz

  1. I had the pleasure of meeting Diaz a couple of times and corresponding with him via email, right before he won the Pulitzer. A very down-to-earth, thoughtful person who was highly deserving of the recognition and practices what he preached in the quotation above!


    1. That’s amazing! I keep wishing that one day I will randomly bump into him on the street somewhere and we will immediately become great friends and have long conversations on books over tea. Actually, I wish that for all my favorite authors. 🙂


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