Geoff Dyer has been described as "one of our greatest living critics, not of the arts but of life itself, and one of our most original writers" by acclaimed journalist Kathryn Schulz of the New York Magazine. The British-born writer is the author of four novels and seven books of non-fiction that have won him a number of literary awards, including, GQ Writer of the Year Award (2009), National Book Critics Circle Award (2011) for Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, and Windham–Campbell Literature Prize (2015).
In the fall semester of 2012, Dyer was a Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa and in the fall semester of the next year he was a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York. In 2014, he was elected as an Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Let’s just say you will do well to heed to Dyer's advice as pertaining to the writing craft owing to his vast experience. Dyer shared the following writing tips with the Guardian in 2010. Not your usual writing tips, different but good all the same. Enjoy.
Text via The Paris Review.
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