Is Writing Your Religion or Profession?

J.D. Salinger once wrote, “Do you know what I was smiling at? You wrote down that you were a writer by profession. It sounded to me like the loveliest euphemism I had ever heard. When was writing ever your profession? It’s never been anything but your religion. Never. I’m a little over-excited now. Since it is your religion, do you know what you will be asked when you die? But let me tell you first what you won’t be asked. You won’t be asked if you were working on a wonderful, moving piece of writing when you died. You won’t be asked if it was long or short, sad or funny, published or unpublished. You won’t be asked if you were in good or bad form while you were working on it. You won’t even be asked if it was the one piece of writing you would have been working on if you had known your time would be up when it was finished.


It’s worth it. I assure you.

6 thoughts on “Is Writing Your Religion or Profession?

  1. Absolutely loved it! This made me think of Medieval monks, practicing their spiritual ways through the act of writing.

    They were studious and produced so much because there weren’t any printing presses yet-but they did it with such intense religious devotion.

    I like to think of myself as a modern monk in that case-pouring my heart and soul into the copy, but never forgetting that I have a job to do.

    Great read! Thanks for sharing 😄

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  2. I would like to think writing is a passion of mines, and profession is a different career path. Yes, I want to be a novelist one day, but I am more than just words. I like the beginning epigraph of explaining the aspect of writing as both profession and religion, which makes me reconsider a lot of aspects of my own writing journey. Thanks!

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