Susan Orlean on Confidence as a Writer

A conversation with journalist and New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean:

With experience, you develop the confidence in your voice as a writer and even in your ability to say to a reader: “Trust me. Come into this story even if you don’t initially think it’s of interest to you. Believe me.” That’s something you only develop with experience under your belt, because it is a matter of believing you can show why something is interesting... The real evidence of confidence is writing more simply and in a plainer way. It’s when, as a writer, I’m not defending my choice of subject. I’m not constantly doubling down on why you should read my story.

See the full conversation here and complement it with Orlean's advice on writing – a fine addition to this evolving library of great writers' wisdom on the craft.

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