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Friday, June 18, 2021

Having a Story Doesn't Make One a Writer

Most people secretly believe they have a book in them, which they would write if they could find the time. And there's some truth to this notion. A lot of people do have a book in them--that is, they have had an experience that other people might want to read about. But this is not the same as "being a writer." Or put in a more sinister way: everyone can dig a hole in a cemetery, but not everyone is a grave-digger. The latter takes a good deal more stamina and persistence.

Margaret Atwood, Negotiating With the Dead, 2002 

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