I love writing. I love the mastery of finally crafting that perfect sentence and seeing its power and function in a story. I love seeing a story and shaping it with each key stroke. I love that the industry doesn't require special permits, certifications, test or clubs to be a part of it. I love the fellowship of other active writers that are working to hone their craft and who inspire and push me to be better.
However, one of my biggest pet peeves is the person who claims to be a writer but doesn't understand the rules and techniques of writing well. People who tell me, "Oh you are a writer...I am too." When asked to tell me about their writing they stumble and can't give one example...but they have ideas. Those people always have ideas. Ideas with no conviction, skill, or craft are dreams or what ifs.
To be a writer you have to write...daily and passionately. I did not dare consider myself a writer until that most amazing day that I first got paid to write. Then again I felt it in my heart when I finished my first novel. I wear that shiny badge proclaiming the focus of my soul, "writer." It is out there for all to see.
This clip starts with a discussion of the sequel to The Witches of Eastwick. He doesn't speak too much about his craft but speaks more about where he was in his life at this time. It is a longer video but it is still intriguing to watch one of the greats of this century articulate his growth and changes as a person.
I found the part about aging as a writer and still finding love in the finished product of completing a book to be interesting. If we are lucky we will be aging writers.
Start with a page a day, 250 words. Do that for a year and you have a giant pile of pages, who knows maybe even a book. But it all comes back to you. You have to do the work or the dream doesn't happen.