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Some days, I want to be a Writer. By that, I mean “one who has written, and is now collecting royalty checks.” The whole “Writer” thing involves fuzzy daydreams and interviews with magazines and has nothing to do with reality. I know in reality, we’re writers with a lower case W, and that means we have to write. It’s a slog, sometimes. It’s not hard work in the sense that digging ditches is hard, but it’s still work. This morning I don’t feel like working. But if writing were my paying job, I would have to do it whether I felt like it or not. And I want it to be my paying job. It could be, if I put in the time and stop getting wrapped up in daydreams involving elegant hats.

But this morning I’d much rather be a Writer than write.

  1. March 19, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Writers write. If you are not writing, you are not a writer. Alan Bennent did a great monologue about this. IN order to be a writer, you have to write.
    Sometimes being a published author involves the glamour of a photo shoot and being interviewed. This normally takes up about 2 days of writing time and happens when you least expect it and have loads of other things to be doing. Daydreams are great but far better to dream about your stories rather than being a published author.
    You write because you have to and you love it. The rest happens.

  2. March 19, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    I was just having a little whine, but that’s not productive and you’re absolutely right. And no would know better than someone with your success, so thank you for the little shake.

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