We vividly remember singular events: a wedding, a car accident, college graduation, 9/11, your first glowing book review, etc.

But what about something you experience over and over again? Something that's power accrues over years and sticks with you for a lifetime? Something like writing? If love of writing is a state-of-being, can you remember when the clouds parted and you "became" a writer? 

Was it the very first time you sat down to transcribe a story that'd been forming in your mind? Or was it only after years of writing when something finally clicked into place, and you felt the door open?

Was it when a teacher or a critic or a lover told you what you'd created was worth something? Or was it when the world seemed to be telling you that your writing wasn't worth a damn-- and you stuck to your guns in spite of it all?

When it comes to "being" an "artist," everyone defines those words differently. I'd love to hear how you define them for yourself, why you need to write, and how you got here.

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Editor’s note: The following is excerpted from the preface to Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces by David Biespiel. David is an award-winning poet, teacher, and president of the Attic Institute— which provides instruction, editing, workshops, weekend-retreats, and more for both professional and aspiring writers.

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If you only read one sentence in this book I hope it’s this one: A lot of the time just sticking with it is what this whole business of writing, making art, playing music, making songs, performing, and living a creative life is all about.

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