What is the difference between a writer and someone who wants to write?
As the story goes (and you can find a version of this story in any writer’s blog and/or magazine), the would be writer has a great idea for a book, which has simmered in the back of his/hers mind for years but has never written it, while the true writer has written a boat load of them and is working on a new magnum opus even as we speak.
You see, one thing that writers, especially the published ones….
Really don’t talk about is about that one book they always wanted to write but have yet written. Some how the moment you pen, (or type, stab, ink, whatever) a book, any book, the epic dream that was the One True Novel they were going to write gets tossed and locked inside the dusty trunk somewhere in the writer’s mental backspace, where in it becomes an impromptu tea table over which the imaginary versions of Freud and Jung discuss the writer’s troubled childhood dreams.
Why is that?
I think it has to do with the transition from aspiring writer to true writer/author. Real writers are defined by the books they have written (and authors by the ones the published) not the works they could have, should have or would have written. It seems childish, if not unprofessional (and impudent) to talk about the things you would want to do as opposed to the things you are doing now or have already done.
I mean, why hasn’t the writer written (the writ of words which we wrote….) I mean done it already?
Or is it that we, as writers, don’t want to admit that a part of us still retains the uncertainty of those days when we too thought about writing but never did? As if somehow we have exorcised that part of ourselves by actually doing what we wanted to do in the first place and there is no need (or want) to go back to the days of indecision and doubt.
I don’t know.
All I know is that I am a writer, and I still have a lot of stories stored in the back of my mind that someday I will write.
No shame in that.
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