Friday, March 20, 2009

Say a person wants to be a writer (or a golfer, or a painter, or a cook) what should that person do? Well, typically, we ask our advisors, start reading about being a writer, maybe find a school that will teach us how to be a writer, get a degree, a certificate, join a group, and so on and so on. Until one day you sit down to write, which means you have made a big circle. Because what you wanted to do was be a writer, and what do writer’s do? They write. So have all your efforts to become a writer made you a writer? Not really. The fact that you are writing makes you a writer. Are you a better writer because you did all the things you were told a writer has to do to become a writer? Perhaps. Perhaps not. What if with the same amount of effort you spent becoming a writer you would have simply written. Would you be a good writer now? Perhaps you are not the same writer you might have been had you simply written. Perhaps. Perhaps not.

1 comment:

Linda Pendleton said...

"If you wish to be a writer, write." ~Epicterus (c.50-120A.D.)

I think he had it right, way back then. :-)