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DIY MFA by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Gabriela Pereira

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Commencement

You are a writer. You have a story that you feel compelled to put on paper and share with the world. This story is unique, and nobody can write it except you. This story is also important. It matters. Out there, somewhere, is a reader who will pick up your book and think, This author gets it. It’s like she wrote this book just for me. Where this book ends, your journey continues. Commencement, after all, means “beginning.”

If you take nothing else from this book, I would like you to honor your reality and adopt a mindful approach to your writing process. Remember that everything in your life—both the good and the bad—has made you the person you are right now. Yes, you should acknowledge whatever privileges and advantages you have ...

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