I heard of an interview with Cheryl Strayed , the author of number one New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, the New York Times bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, and the novel Torch.

She spoke about her personal writing method. She is a binge writer, and by that, she meant she can write best when she is writing 14 hours straight. So she doesn’t write every day, and instead, she schedules two days and write non-stop.

When she shared this writing habit, an audience was so touched because she wanted so much to be a writer but she has a full-time job and can only write once a month. She was forlorn that she cannot call herself a writer. Now she can see someone who doesn’t write every day but can call herself a writer!

I was surprised that the audience does not consider herself a writer and felt so bad all these years. She clearly is a writer, because she is, in fact, writing a book! I guess we can try to define ourselves from what we produce instead, even if the method of work is not very mainstream.

 

 

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