This Is Who I Am. Who are You?

"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 (winner of the 2008 Pulitzer)

I've been suffering major writer's/blog block lately. Not that my half-done fiction writing ever makes it up here anyway - the blog is only a depository for my real-world thoughts and experiences - but it's been a very blah struggle to write about either real or imaginary of late. Nonetheless, I keep on tapping away, warbling out nonsense that will hopefully come together someday. So you see, when I came across Mr. Diaz's words, I found them comforting.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back-- Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."

This marvelous quote was claimed to be a lose translation by Goethe, in the even more marvelous story of Faust. The irony is, they have later discovered that the real author is somebody by the name of John Anster. Creativie liberties? Or was he too, to scared to be bold and assert his OWN voice?
Either way, let the lesson be that dreams always have a way of entering the world. Just make sure you are the one that gets to take credit for them.