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Subject:  Re: Philosophical question Date:  1/28/2002  9:50 AM
Author:  Beejayw1 Number:  1188 of 4871

What's the difference between a writer and a wannabe writer?

Ever seen the A&E production of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE starring Colin Firth? There's a scene where Lizzie is at Lady Catherine's mansion and playing on the pianoforte. Lady Catherine says, "You will never amount to much if you don't practice!"

Lizzie acknowledges that this is so, and Lady Catherine goes off on a dissertation about how Lizzie can come and practice - in a poor relation's rooms. Then she says, "I never learned to play, but -- if I had, I would have been a true proficient!"

Lady Catherine was a musician-wannabe.

So, IMHO, a wannabe writer is someone who doesn't write, but thinks he could if he just sat down to do so.

You don't have to be published to be a writer. You just have to write, to try to tell a story, to form words and sentences in the best way you can according to your skills and inclinations. If no one ever reads what you wrote (but what writer can resist an audience?), if you are only doing it for yourself, you're still a 'real' writer.

Just my thoughts.

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