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With very young people

8 December 2013

Love, with very young people, is a heartless business. We drink at that age from thirst, or to get drunk; it is only later in life that we occupy ourselves with the individuality of our wine.

Isak Dinesen

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One Comments to “With very young people”

  1. While I think this is a pretty prejudicial view of young people there is a grain of truth to the idea that our understanding and appreciation of experiences grows more complex with age. I see this all the time in my college creative writing group. Nearly everyone in the group is under 22, single, and childless. I’m a returnee nearing 30, married, and have a son who nearly didn’t make it at birth. I’m constantly advising to add depth or change focus during emotional scenes or story arcs.

    They’re not bad writers and, technically, many are far my superior, but when it comes to the nuance they’re still lacking. The words are there but the heart is lacking, and they can only improve through experience.

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