How much my novel cost me:
Writing my first book got me into debt. To finish the next one, I had to become solvent
This is an amazing read for a lot of reasons,
for painting a reality to the insanity of Girls, who’s creator Gould sets up as sort of her foil;
for being an honest and well-written argument both for and against novel writing (as opposed to the quasi-mystical crap you’ll usually find);
and for being a sort of snapshot of the literate Millennial.
More than that, it’s fascinating as a sort of counter-narrative to the old stories from our parents: this is no fairy tale, you’re not special, sometimes getting by is more important than starving for the ideal.