“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.” - John Waters
The 71-year-old Waters is a noted American film director (Hairspray is just one of his many hits), 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 most 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.
With the motif "My life is so over-scheduled, what will happen if I give up control?”, Waters completed a hitchhiking journey across the United States from Baltimore to San Francisco and then turned his adventures into the 2014 bestselling book Carsick.
A native of Baltimore the seemingly tireless Waters has a new book, Make Trouble, moving up several bestseller lists. He is also both doing live acting and “voice” acting in animated movies. And, he is working on more books, screenplays and short stories. But when December arrives, he said he will be devoted to writing Christmas cards. “I send out about 2,000 cards.” Definitely helps fill his requirement of “writing every day” and probably makes him the U.S. Postal Service's poster boy in the process.
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