For some of us, writing is what we do for leisure, pleasure, happiness. For others, it pays the bills and earns us ego-boosts. For me, it’s a mix of the two.
I have a love/hate relationship with writing. I hate starting, but it’s such a buzz when I’m in the midst of it. That’s why this quote from Margaret Atwood caught my eye:
Writing is not a job description. A great deal of it is luck. Don’t do it if you are not a gambler because a lot of people devote many years of their lives to it (for little reward). I think people become writers because they are compulsive wordsmiths.
I think she’s right. No matter the reason you write, being a compulsive wordsmith is a major part of it. So for all the compulsive wordsmiths, keep tapping, scribbling and gambling away. Just remember, never place your bets on cliches or useless adverbs.