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3 comments on: Writer vs. Writer

  1. mornara September 24, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Ya know, it’s “B”, right? I mean, spending time writing is overrated!

    Seriously though, this a point that can’t be made enough.

  2. Maura Anderson September 25, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    hmmm – I might disagree with “in love with his writing”. That can become an extreme that interferes with actually telling a story. Words aren’t golden and shouldn’t be considered such.

    And actually I’ve seen both sell – but who can CONTINUE to sell, even when you are pulling words out so painfully they may as well be teeth and have to choose between sleep and finishing a book that’s due soon.

    But the essence of the “idea” of being a writer is that it never matches the reality of being a writer, especially one whose only income is writing. It’s tough and there are times in every writer’s career where they HATE it. ūüôā

    I was ready to slit my wrists over the last one. And let’s not forget the random bouts of suck-itis where the characters all sound like talking sock monkeys.

    What saves you and keeps you writing is the inability to shut the barn door once you discover the joy of telling stories, of pulling people into your world. Then it’s too late to put the muse back in the box.

  3. Anthony September 25, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Maura, on reflection after your comment I believe I did not express myself clearly. I mainly meant “in love with entertaining and story telling.” Why I did not simply write that, I do not know.

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