Junot Diaz on being a writer

There’s a first time for everything, so, we’re linking to O Magazine:

That’s my tale in a nutshell. Not the tale of how I came to write my novel but rather of how I became a writer. Because, in truth, I didn’t become a writer the first time I put pen to paper or when I finished my first book (easy) or my second one (hard). 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. Wasn’t until that night when I was faced with all those lousy pages that I realized, really realized, what it was exactly that I am.

That’s Junot Diaz, summing up the happy ending to his 10 years writing The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. The last sentence seems to sum up a generally good reasoning for picking any profession. Read the rest of the brief article, here.

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