Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Are you a writer?

Words of inspiration from someone* who is:

" ... I didn't become a writer the first time I put pen to paper or when I finished my first book (easy) or my second one (hard). You see, in my view a writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway. Wasn't until that night when I was faced with all those lousy pages that I realized, really realized, what it was exactly that I am."

You can find the full article here. It's definitely worth a read.

*Junot Díaz's novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008.

11 comments:

Tere Kirkland said...

Wow, thanks for the link. Must go read the rest of this now...

Lisa and Laura said...

Damn. That's one powerful quote.

Little Ms J said...

Word. I once had a friend tell me that they could put words to paper, but a writer knows how to grind them up, move them around and make them a story. Thanks for sharing this!

Sharon Mayhew said...

When I tell people I write children's stories almost all of them say, "Oh, I've thought about doing that." I wonder how many realize the hours of labor it takes to get published.

Weronika Janczuk said...

Oh, this is beautiful. Thank you!

Karen Denise said...

Such a wonderful quote and so very true.

Abby Annis said...

What a great quote! Thanks for the link. :)

storyqueen said...

I love this quote!! (Too true right now....)

Shelley

Shelli said...

this quote is so true!

Bethany Wiggins said...

Oye! A quote to fit my life.

Katie said...

great quote!!!!