It’s decidedly a mark of truly creative individuals to fret over our own creativity. Are we good enough? Do we have the right to call ourselves writers? How can we really tell if we are?
Well, I’ve compiled a list of wonderful quotes below that I think illustrate the key attributes of a writer. Do you have any other characteristics that I missed? I’d love to hear them (or your favorite writing quote) in the comments below! 🙂 ♥
You may be a writer if…
… you question your talent.
“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends) “Am I REALLY a writer? Am I REALLY an artist?” Chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
— Steven Pressfield (The War of Art)
… you always struggle to find the perfect words.
“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”
— Neil Gaiman
… you talk to your characters – and they talk back.
“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”
… you are a little bit mad.
“A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.”
— Roald Dahl
… you have a unique or unusual perspective.
“Writers see the world differently. Every voice we hear, every face we see, every hand we touch could become story fabric.”
— Buffy Andrews
… writing is not a pastime for you, but a passion.
“There is such a place as fairyland – but only children can find the way to it. And they do not know that it is fairyland until they have grown so old that they forget the way. One bitter day, when they seek it and cannot find it, they realize what they have lost; and that is the tragedy of life. On that day the gates of Eden are shut behind them and the age of gold is over. Henceforth they must dwell in the common light of common day. Only a few, who remain children at heart, can ever find that fair, lost path again; and blessed are they above mortals. They, and only they, can bring us tidings from that dear country where we once sojourned and from which we must evermore be exiles. The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and story-tellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.”
— L.M. Montgomery (The Story Girl)