Are you a writer or an author?

“Put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.” –Colette

I love this quote. I find that I do have to destroy so many things when I write, even things that I thought were so fantastic while I was writing them. And in my profession, I come across a lot of people who want to write. And they do write, with varying degrees of success. What separates the girls from the women, as it were, is the ability to look at something and say: “Well, that’s crap.”

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6 thoughts on “Are you a writer or an author?

  1. nicwidhalm says:

    “Creativity is subtraction.” I’m not sure who said it, but every author should have it tattooed on their fingers.

    Or, you know, arms would be fine. Maybe a nice wrist bracelet.

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