Great advice from Ian McEwan. He believes that many people start (or try to start) their writing careers too early. First, he suggests, they need to read. As Lee Child puts it, “My advice to writers is to start late! For people who write too young, it’s a hollow thing.” (see more here).
I agree. I love reading, but not fiction. Yet, I enjoy writing fiction. Perhaps this is why I enjoy fictional writing and also like it to be realistic—believable to the reader. I forced myself to finish a Dan Brown novel 18 months ago. I hated it. False, awkward plot, impossible situations, etc. Why write a thriller that couldn’t happen? It would be better to call it fantasy? You can view Ian McEwan’s advice for aspiring writers, here.