ArcaMIDI Synthesizer. Alex Hatch, Senior. 2010 Gold Medal, Design.

JOSH ASKED: First of all, I’m a pretty great writer. But girls like guys who can play basketball and lift weights. Is there a secret dating handbook for writers?

NED SAID: Josh, the whims of women are complicated and alas, there is no “secret dating handbook” for writers. If you’re a great writer and you still find it difficult to meet women, join a rock band. It’s very easy to learn (especially bass guitar). Girls love the gusto and immediacy of musicians; with the music/writing double-whammy you shouldn’t have any problems. If the rock band thing doesn’t work, I’m going to have to recommend that you form a hip-hop crew.

Have questions about writing, or the business of publishing? Ask a real writer! Ned Vizzini Vizzini is the author of three acclaimed young adult books: It’s Kind of a Funny Story (now a major motion picture), Be More Chill, and Teen Angst? Naaah…. Ned has spoken at over 200 schools, universities, and libraries around the world about writing and mental health. E-mail your questions to

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