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John Launer: How to be a writer/doctor

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5135 (Published 15 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5135

Writing & Wrestling


Writing is like wrestling. Both are battles royal, pitting persistence against resistance. Wrestlers struggle with opponents in order to pin them down on the mat, while writers struggle with thoughts in order to pen them down on the page. Writers are like wrestlers, because thoughts are like opponents: they oppose us, since we can expose them.


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19 November 2017
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA