Saturday, October 9, 2010

Other Writers

"It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous." - Robert Benchley

I subscribe to a couple of writing magazines, blogs, and on-line newsletters. Sometimes I devour them; other times I glance at them briefly, too busy to take in new information. My favorite is Writer’s Digest (WD), which I’ve subscribed to for a million years (yes, I used a chisel to write). Usually there is no earth-shattering writing in WD, but it is a touchstone for me. When I read interviews of other writers, I see that they struggle over some of the same issues that I did or do. It’s just like the old adage about the rich and famous—they still put their pants on one leg at a time.

So if the fact that I struggle with the same obstacles that other writers confront makes me a writer, then I guess I qualify. However, unlike Benchley, I am not famous.

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