“To be a writer is to sit down at one’s desk in the chill portion of every day, and to write; not waiting for the little jet of the blue flame of genius to start from the breastbone–just plain going at it, in pain and delight. To be a writer is to throw away a great deal, not to be satisfied, to type again, and then again, and once more, and over and over…”
My interpretation: What this quote means to me is that a true writer never waits for the magical jolt of inspiration to strike. Inspiration strikes every day at a set time whether you feel like it or not. A true writer never stops writing even when producing crappy material. There are times when I don’t even feel like I’m a competent writer, but I keep writing every day in the hope that some nugget of gold will emerge from all the rubbish. Perseverance is key.