“In order to truly ‘be’ a writer, you have to write every day. I get up at 6 a.m., read the papers, and then write from 8 until noon.”
So says 68-year-old John Waters, the noted American film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist and art collector, and creative writer. Also, somewhat of a bibliophile, he has a personal library of more than 8,000 books, and says the one that affected his own work was L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which also resonated with him in the movie version because of “Great dialogue,” one of the things he prides himself on when he’s writing movie scripts.
A native of Baltimore, the seemingly tireless Waters has a new book, Carsick, on the New York Times bestseller list, is one of the live actors in the recently released movie Suburban Gothic, and is a voice artist in another animated movie. He is working on more books, screenplays and short stories, but when December arrives, he is devoted to writing Christmas cards. “I send out 2,000 cards.”
Definitely helps fill requirement of “writing every day.”
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