by Meredith Cole
Bad writing? Moi? Well, I firmly
believe that no writer should ever be afraid or ashamed of terrible
writing. Writing terribly is how we all learn and grow. No one ever sat
down and wrote something brilliant on their first try. Really. And I’ve
never heard of any true writing protégés (kids who sat down and wrote
some classic) like I have heard of music protégés (Mozart, for
instance). I think that’s because writing takes both skill and maturity.
Not only do you need to learn all the grammar rules, but you also have
to develop a wide vocabulary and come up with great ideas. Altogether
it’s a lot to imagine that one kid can do at age five without some help.
Anyway, here’s a video of me reading last week at “Noir at the
Bar” in DC. I’m reading from a new story called “The End of the Trail.”
It was delightful to hang out with other Criminal Minds, Alan Orloff and Art Taylor!