Define Writer

Who are we as writers anyway? George Orwell has his own definition of a writer in his book “Why I Write:”

“All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”

Do you agree or disagree? I don’t agree completely, but I do like his writing style.


One thought on “Define Writer

  1. If there is a calling in one's life then they do, by daily excersize, put away the poor habits and taxing attributes of their character in order to strive towards that calling. A writer, if he is meant to be a writer, will see it as an impossibility to not write. There are driving forces stronger than desire or will. I believe the demon he refers to is just that, a stirring motive that keeps a writer writing.

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