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January 19, 2010

Love of Writing

Whenever I hear people telling me how much they love to write, I cringe. "I can't wait to spend all day writing," they say. "Just me and the page and a cup of coffee."

For a long time, I felt conflicted about how painful the process of writing is, because I have chosen it as a profession. The process is so dreadful and unpleasant that I don't like to talk about it. Then one day I was sitting with a friend of mine in development at Disney. "When someone tells me they love to write," he said, "I don't take them seriously. Writing is not an enjoyable process."

Writers stare at pages of text all day, arranging and rearranging combinations of 26 different symbols. 99.9 percent of our efforts fail at accurately communicating our story. One should not write unless they have no choice and are compelled to do it, because writing is a solitary act filled with rejection and failure.

"I hate writing. I love having written."

--Dorothy Parker