Warren Adler is the bestselling author of more than 50 novels and hundreds of short stories, plays, and essays – including the iconic novel-turned-box-office-hit, The War of the Roses. In the video below, Mr. Adler shares his own personal story of becoming a writer and the importance of perseverance in the face of the challenges that come with pursuing a career in the arts.
“I’ve been everywhere and lived a million lives,” says Adler. “I’ve been a Russian spy, a female detective, an assassin, a terrorist, the President of the United States, and in the end, I’m just Warren Adler, a novelist.
“People think a writer’s life is lonely. It’s anything but. I have all my characters to keep me company. I wanted to be a writer since I was 15. I had an overriding obsession, a need to write – to tell stories. I forced myself to learn the ropes of being my own boss. It took me 25 years to get my first book published.
“The first thing you learn going into the arts is how to cope with rejection. I’ve been rejected so many times that my rejections would probably fill this entire living room.
“We all have dreams and aspirations, sometimes, they come true. I recall, as a very young kid, looking into the mirror and creating a story in my head in which I was the hero. Maybe I’m the same little kid standing in front of the mirror.
“You don’t give up writing. If you’re a true artist, this is your artistry, you would do that in lieu of doing anything else in life. Keep writing, keep reading, and stay curious. Never never never let fear win. When in doubt, write on.” #writeon
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