How to Know If You're Really a Writer
Longing to write a book but unsure if you're meant to do it? Our favorite authors share their wake-up calls—moments that you can look for in your own life.
Have You Tried—and Failed—at Other Creative Projects?
"I had such vivid fantasies as a little kid, but when I tried to draw the pictures I saw in my head, I was utterly defeated. It was infuriating to have so much to express and such a faulty instrument to communicate it. So I put down the crayons and picked up the pen. Words got me closer to my visions, though [were] still frustratingly imprecise. (That's still the case today as a published author!) I wrote poems first, until I was in college and realized I had about as much talent for poetry as I did for art. So I switched to prose. My whole career was born out of a series of failures." — Domenica Ruta, With or Without You