Saturday, September 10, 2011
So you think you can dance...
People write every day: emails at work, Facebook status updates, job applications, shopping lists and so on. Being able to put words on paper (or a screen) does not mean you can be a writer any more than nuking dinner means you're the next Gordon Ramsey.
My favourite comment on this involved (I believe) Margaret Atwood. A fan met her at a book event and told her he was a surgeon. He said that when he retired, he planned to write a novel about his years in medicine. Atwood (or whoever it was) replied that when she retired from writing, she planned to start performing surgery.
Writing well takes a lot of work, and a lot of practice.