Thursday, May 12, 2011

C. J. Cherryh on Constantly Becoming A Writer

We writers talk a lot about technique. Maybe that's because we're all in some process of figuring it out, no matter how many books we've published. Or because writers who are less-far-along in their own careers keep asking us. But every once in a while, we get to listen to a master writer, someone who's been around a long time and mindfully so, talk about this thing we are all trying to do.

C. J. Cherryh writes:
Writing is not about being a writer. It’s about writing. When things are going badly, nothing’s right, and when a scene is flying, it’s better than anything you’ll ever experience. A writer is not so much something you are as something you’re constantly becoming: you’re constantly learning and evolving and changing, or you’re stalling out and need to get moving again.

The whole article is up on The Night Bazaar. Enjoy!

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