Today is Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos. Throughout Mexico, living relatives celebrate and honor the deceased. There’s a lot of wisdom gained through learning about and honoring those who’ve passed on. The same is true when it comes to writing.
Walking into 10th grade English class each day brought a new Author of the Day written on the whiteboard. The teacher celebrated dozens of (mostly deceased) authors who made waves throughout history. Observing and learning from these great authors wasn’t just a way to learn about their work but also how they inspire current writers.
How do past writers inspire you?
👀 Read more from The Writing Cooperative on learning from the dead:
- Fuel Your Writing Career: Find Dead Mentors by Bobby Powers
- Rewriting Dead Content: 3 Reasons I Have No Shame by Kevin J Ferris
- The Personal Essay is Not Dead by Cherie Gilmour