Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Are you really a writer?

I once heard a college student in Waterville, Maine, ask visiting writer Ron Carlson how one knows if one is really a writer. Ever the showman, Carlson delivered an entertaining riff about the distractions writers put in their own way, all day, all the time: leaving the room to get coffee, check the mail, get coffee, walk the dogs, go to the bathroom, get coffee, look something up, get coffee. Then, dead serious, he summed up the whole enterprise in a line I have never forgotten: “The writer is the one who stays in the room.”

--Monica Wood, The Pocket Muse: Ideas & Inspirations for Writing

Tricia’s Thoughts:

Be the one who stays in the room.


Blogger Jim Thompson said...

I might extrapolate Monica's terse statement: The writer is the one who doesn't become bored with the manuscript, looking for excuses to leave the room. Valid committments should drag one from the keyboard, but the writer will always return whenever possible to shed more blood upon those plastic keys.

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