Once You're a Writer

“When I was starting out, I thought that I would write for six months and do other things for six months. But it turned out that once you’re a writer, you’re a writer, and that’s what you do, and you can’t escape from it. It is who you become and who you are. To tell you the truth, I feel guilty all the time because I feel like I’m not writing enough or not working enough. I have an intense work ethic where I feel like it can never be enough and I can never have enough time to tell all the stories. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, I don’t know.

-Alice Hoffman, interviewed in Writer’s Digest, October 2019