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30 Days of Writing – Day 15: Who do you admire?

15. Midway question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!

Helene Hanff.  Not a writer of fiction, but a writer with a unique voice. Miss Hanff was a working writer. When she didn’t succeed as a playwrite, she wrote for TV. She edited. She wrote articles. She lived in small drafty apartments, struggled financially, but *worked* as a writer and had fame (with books like 84 Charing Cross Road) in a manner that she never foresaw.

That’s the aspect that is shared by all the writers I admire. They *work* as writers,

Harlan Ellison is quoted as saying, "The trick is not becoming a writer. The trick is staying a writer. Day after month after year after story after book. That’s the secret. And if you can do that and produce a body of work, no matter how large or small it is, that is true and can pull the plow, then you’re a writer. If you are not prepared to spend your life doing that, then, for christsake, don’t do it."