Writing a shadow novel

I really liked this idea, that the amateur writes a shadow novel using their life instead of words and paper. They have a drama filled life, but don’t get the work done. How many people like this do we know. The professional, on the other hand, has stepped back from the drama and become plain. And gets work done. Or maybe is just getting old.
Writing Wednesdays: Shadow Novels

The amateur is an egotist. He takes the material of his personal pain and uses it to draw attention to himself. He creates a “life,” a “character,” a “personality.”

The artist and the professional, on the other hand, have turned a corner in their minds. They have succeeded in stepping back from themselves. They stand “at one remove.” They have grown so bored with themselves and so sick of their petty bullshit that they can manipulate those elements the way a HazMat technician handles weapons-grade plutonium.

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