This interview is interesting. But, I’m one of those Zen optimists who feels ANYTHING is possible. I, however, do agree that to be a writer one does have to read and write. Well, at the very least WRITE (who am I to say what one should or shouldn’t do to be a writer?). Rinse and repeat. As to taking courses, attending conferences, that’s for the INDIVIDUAL to decide. Weird is as weird does, and if a writer WANTS to feel different and difficult and misunderstood and have trouble finding someone and living a normal life BECAUSE of what they write, that’s THEIR business. It’s not a given. Not a “must be.” Your life is yours as you create it. Quit crying about “being so different,” being so disaffected, and DO something about it…whatever that means to you. You want a mate–find one. Want to be understood or misunderstood–your choice. Those…are MY beliefs.
What are yours?