Writing Is Like Acting

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“I wrote stories from the time I was a little girl,

but I didn’t want to be a writer. I wanted to be

an actress. I didn’t realize then that it’s the same

impulse. It’s make-believe. It’s performance.

The only difference being that a writer can do

it all alone. I was struck a few years ago when

a friend of ours—an actress—was having

dinner here with us and a couple of other writers.

It suddenly occurred to me that she was the

only person in the room who couldn’t plan

what she was going to do. She had to wait

for someone to ask her, which is a strange

way to live.” 

– Joan Didion



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