What Makes a Writer?

I came across an article this morning that reminds me of a scene from Sister Act 2 where Whoopi Goldberg’s character gives a book called Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke to a troubled teen. In this scene, Whoopi describes Rilke’s response when someone wrote to him, asking how to become a writer:

“Don’t ask me about being a writer. If when you wake up in the morning you can think of nothing but writing… then you’re a writer.”

The article, “Why I Write,” has a similar flavor with some fun imagery. No matter who says it or how, this feeling seems to be something that writers share. I know it’s true for me.

Why do you write?

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