Many a young person tells me he wants to be a writer. I always encourage such people, but I also explain that there’s a big difference between “being a writer” and writing. In most cases these individuals are dreaming of wealth and fame, not the long hours alone at the typewriter. “You’ve got to want to write,” I say to them, “not want to be a writer."
I need to work on the "want to write" part. I'm hoping though there's a substitute for wanting to write, called desperation. It's not so much the wanting for me, but that all the alternatives are so much worse.