A quote for writers

By Katharine Swan On Tuesday, March 07, 2006 At 6:31 PM

Yesterday, Google had the following quote on my home page (I have a section for quotes of the day):

"A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people."
-Thomas Mann

My first reaction, of course, was to deny that the quote had any truth. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized how true it really was. I mean, how many non-writers talk about writer's block??? I think that writing really is more difficult for us writers, for two reasons: 1) we do a heck of a lot more of it than other people, and 2) we have a whole lot more riding on our writing than the average non-writer.


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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