Always wanted to be a writer

Dear Ella and Susan, I am just about to enter my third and final year at university, and being an English student, have read a lot of books but can't see how that will help me out in the real world. My ailment is that I don't know what to do. I've always wanted to be a writer but I'm lacking in inspiration at the moment, and can't help comparing myself to friends who know exactly what career they want to pursue and will no doubt end up being successful. I just feel lost, and I don't want to lose myself of sight of my dreams in pursuit of a job that might pay well, but which I might hate. Help?! Louise
Louise, You have come to us in the nick of time! Don't get sucked into a McJob – you might not get spat out the other end for another 50 years. Hold on to your dream, girl! As a cautionary tale, read Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jnr; then pursue yours with greater intelligence. Either choose a job that steeps you in the world of books – or one which gives you your afternoons off (Suse interviewed to be a milkwoman once but was too puny to lift the crates) – then read I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Which, when you read between the lines, provides you with a brilliant list of everything a writer needs in place around them in order to write. Good luck, and please report back in 6 months.
Ella & Suse
We prescribe - Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jnr
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

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