Becoming a Better Writer by… Not Writing?

June 24, 2014 | 1 book mentioned 1

Julia Fierro is a writer we’ve featured before, and her first novel Cutting Teeth was published last month. But as she explains in a new piece, there was a stretch of time when she didn’t write at all. “I was so cruel to myself, so impatient, beating myself up daily for not writing,” she says. “It took seven years worth of teaching… before I returned to writing with solid commitment. And when I did sit down in front of my computer, I was a better writer.”

is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York and every so often writes things at

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