Myriad times I’ve received the advise to “write what you know” and “write the story you want to read.” The sentiment in this quote encapsulates beautifully why this is counsel worth pondering.

Mengestu’s advice is an exhortation to aspiring writers to write what they feel they must see materialized in the world — and not focus on writing what will sell. If you have stories to tell that are compelling, evocative, and worth reading readers will enjoy them.