Not everyone can – or should – be a ballet dancer or a writer – Joanne Harris Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)
The truth is, not everyone can – or should – be a writer, in the same way that not everyone can or should be an accountant, or a ballet dancer, teacher, pilot, soldier, or marathon runner. The same combination of aptitude, experience and acquired skills apply to being a writer as to any other job. We would never think of telling a doctor that we were thinking of taking up medicine when we retired. We would never expect a plumber to work for free – or a plasterer, for publicity. We would never expect to hear the word “privilege” of a teacher who has spent their career working hard to earn a living. We would never expect a lawyer who has paid to go through law school to tutor aspiring lawyers for free.
Part of Joanne Harris’ Writer’s Manifesto
photo credit: Close-up of a dancer from the Boris Volkoff Ballet, Toronto / Plan rapproché d’une danseuse de ballet de Boris Volkoff, Toronto via photopin (license)