It’s true what they say about being a writer. There’s no one path, no one way to be. Yet perhaps that’s precisely why I’m always looking for patterns to this shapless road, and why other writers seem intent on talking about how their way is different from others, and different from what they thought it would be. The following quote is from an interivew with The Listeners author Leni Zumas in the Rumpus:
Part of being a writer is feeling that constant dissatisfaction, thinking about what else you could do, and also knowing when it’s time to leave a project. There’s always something else to work on and different solutions to these problems in the next thing. We each have a certain set of obsessions which we each cycle through.
Echoing her thoughts was Shelia Heti in the Millions on her latest book, How Should a Person Be? It’s a quitessentially writer-ly question – this idea of how to exist in the world – and she adresses how for many writers, the writing part is inextricably linked with their person-ness precisely because every career is an exception:
SH: There always comes a point of deep uncertainty in the process. And it affects your feelings about your certainty as a human. I don’t know if you can get away from that, writing. Even with the children’s book I recently wrote, We Need a Horse, there were several days that were just deeply terrible. But when you look back, those are the days you romanticize. You realize that’s when you were really working.