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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Writing Inspiration: Becoming a Writer by Junot Diaz

"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, Pulitzer Prize 2008, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Essay for Oprah Magazine, October 13, 2009

"I don't have any sense other than that writing is extremely difficult for me. People are always asking, "Did it take you so long because writing a novel is really hard?" I'm like, dude, it took me seven years to write one story, one twenty page story. Really? I didn't realize that one was harder than the other, they all seem impossible to me. They both have me through the intestines on their horns, so it's that kind of weird thing like getting gut-shot by a pistol or a rifle. And the process, someone's like "Tell me, which one is worse?" And I'm like [screams]! That's the only way to answer it, I'm usually so busy screaming the fine nuances of loss."
-excerpt from Bookslut interview with Junot Diaz, September 2007
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Sometimes it does the heart good to know how hard writing is for other people--even a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist. These quotes may have very well saved me last night.

Thank you, Mr. Diaz. And now, it's time for me to write.

9 comments:

jama said...

Thanks for posting these, Vivian. Just what I needed, too!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

THANK YOU!! This is just the encouragement I needed. :-)

Vivian said...

Jama and Shannon - Glad you like these quotes! Happy Writing!

Beth Kephart said...

I had read this essay and felt hugely heartened, too. Thanks for posting about it here.

Sliding on the Edge said...

Only someone who does it, gets it. I had a friend tell me once she understood why it took me so long to write a novel. She'd just finished a report for her boss that took her all morning. Hmmm. What to say?

evf said...

Oh, Thank you! These are wonderful to read. I get so frustrated when people think writing is easy for me just because I'm pretty good at it. Since when does being good at something translate to easy?

historymaven said...

It was truly wonderful to see you last weekend. And I love those quotes!

Keep writing, keep writing, keep writing...

Solvang Sherrie said...

Great quotes! Now back to that outline...

Jacqui said...

I just saw this. I may have to tattoo that first quote on my head. Thanks!