Junot Diaz is an award-winning writer who was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. In 2008, he won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award for his novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. He is currently a creative writing professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
On writing and perseverance, he says:
A writer is a writer
not because she writes well and easily,
because she has amazing talent,
because everything she does is golden.
In my view, a writer is a writer
because even when there is no hope,
even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise,
you keep writing anyway.
Serious writing and perseverance go hand-in-hand. Very true.
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