This question first popped into my mind while watching Oprah. Robert Pattinson was a guest and stated that he wasn’t really an actor when he was out of work, since he wasn’t acting professionally. (Just for the record, Rob is probably one of the easiest people to quote because, well, he’s everywhere these days. Plus if someone Googles his name and my Blog just happens to show up, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. :) )
Anyway, Rob may be right about a lot of things, but he’s wrong about this one. Junot Diaz, another guest on Oprah, said this:
“You see, in my view a writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.”
Junot Diaz is a Pulitzer Prize winning writer, so in this case he wins. He defines what it is to write so honestly and accurately, that I literally breathed a sigh of relief when I read this.
Everyone with a 10th draft raise your hand…