“The life of the professional writer - like that of any freelance, whether she be a plumber or a podiatrist - is predicated on willpower. Without it there simply wouldn't be any remuneration, period.” – Will Self
Born in London on this date in 1961, Self is an author, journalist, political commentator and television personality who has written 11 novels, 5 collections of shorter fiction, 3 novellas, and 5 collections of non-fiction.
A columnist for the British political and cultural journal The New Statesman, he also is a regular contributor to publications like The Guardian, Harper's, and The New York Times. A graduate of Oxford University, where he studied politics, philosophy and economics, he actually started at The New Statesman as a political cartoonist while also pursuing a career as a standup comic. But he was always drawn to writing, something he had first done for Oxford student publications.
“I write because I feel driven to write,” he said. “I write from a sense of inner necessity. I don't write for anything other than that.”
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