None of my English teachers in college were praising me or telling me I was anything special. But then in creative writing classes they were. And I enjoyed those more anyway.— John Brandon
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I had an idea to write something set back around the Civil War era, but I was just way too ignorant to think I could start it any time soon.
The first time I took a fiction writing class was sophomore year.
And I just found myself taking that extremely seriously, in a way that I didn't take anything else seriously. So I guess that was the start of it.
I know people who are really talented at writing, and they just don't ever make it happen because they're also good at other things.
It didn't occur to me that I could be a writer until college.
I saw all these people around me training to be doctors, or historians, or C.E.O.'s or whatnot, and I thought, Maybe I want to be a writer.
It's nice not to have to worry about applying for things. It's really a different existence.
Sometimes I would take Nietzsche or something.
And I wouldn't read it, but more just scan the words. Sometimes I would get whatever the popular thing at the time was. I don't know, something like Bret Easton Ellis. It was just a very random, inefficient education.
I was playing sports all the time, growing up.
And then, somewhere around 10th or 11th grade, I kind of lost interest in that and just started reading a lot. I didn't know what to read. I didn't have much direction outside of school.
I don't think about the reader in any conscious way that impacts the writing, as far as, Hey, most readers would like this! But at the same time, if it were presented to me: "John, you're going to write a novel. It's going to take you a few years. When you're done with it, there's a law that no one's allowed to read it." I don't think I would write it. I want someone to read it!