emma, are you really gonna make it?

This question stems from many years of self-doubt and a conversation at my lunch table today. It went somewhat like this: "Hal": I don't know how anyone could write for a living. "Ivan": I plan on writing for a living. New York Times columnist. Hal: But then you'd run out of ideas. Ivan: A columnist [...]

is talent overly romanticized?

I've lately been thinking a lot about literary talent and whether I am competent or "talented" enough to be the writer I want to be. When I first started out writing, I pictured a romanticized version of a lazy genius, someone who could write perfect sentences and construct perfect plot lines and characters when they [...]