Crazy? Or just a writer?

Junot Diaz wrote one of my favorite books, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” He won a Pulitzer for it a few years ago. In this essay, he writes about his struggle to write it.  He worked on his book for five years before giving up on it. Then, months later, he dug it out again and spent two more years on it (and it’s not a long book).

Somehow I find it comforting that the best writers struggle, too, that their words don’t flow effortlessly from their fingers. And I love how his essay speaks to the power of persistence and to the irresistible urge to create.

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


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