Author and former literary agent John Hodgman schools you on the real rules of the writing game.
John Hodgman, best-known for personifying PCs in mid-00s Mac commercials, has a few words of advice for all the budding artists out there.
Unbeknownst to most of the general public, Hodgman is actually a successful author and humorist in his own right, when he isn’t stopping in to the Daily Show as a correspondent and “resident expert.” But for years, he was a literary agent, trying to forget his dream of becoming a writer because he was too afraid to try.
In a new segment for the website THNKR, Hodgman talks about his own most elaborate procrastination technique, the best advice you can give budding writers (hint: it isn’t “write what you know”), and the amount of “crazies” whose submissions found their way onto his desk.
It’s an incisive, funny clip, and just a taste of the great discussions you can find on the THNKR YouTube channel, which posts daily clips on young innovators, great books, how-tos, impassioned speeches and much more. You can also hear even more from John Hodgman on his three books of fictional trivia, the future of American humor and the merits of a well-placed bathroom joke.
Photo: THNKR, “John Hodgeman’s Advice for Writers”