Nov 25, 2010

Margaret Atwood's Advice to Writers

As for writing, most people secretly believe they themselves
have a book in them,
which they would write if they could only find the time.
And there’s some truth to this notion.

A lot of people do have a book in them –
that is, they have had an experience that
other people might want to read about.

But this is not the same as “being a writer.”
Or, to put it in a more sinister way:
everyone can dig a hole in a cemetery,
but not everyone is a grave-digger.
The latter takes a good deal more stamina and persistence.

~ Margaret Atwood

For motivation to write despite feelings of self-doubt, insecurity, fear, or despair, read 73 Ways to Fire Up (or Just Fire!) the Muse.

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