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Jungle Speaks

writer vs writing

Jul 22, 2014

This really 'serious'.

Alex Haley

Many a young person tells me he wants to be a writer. I always encourage such people, but I also explain that there’s a big difference between “being a writer” and writing.

In most cases these individuals are dreaming of wealth and fame, not the long hours alone writing. “You’ve got to want to write”, I say to them, “not want to be a writer”.