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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Writing for a living: a joy or a chore?

This Guardian UK article has comments from five authors about the professional writing life. These are not Poe-esque tortured souls, forced by an inner demon to write. If you had to reduce the complaints to a word, it would be drudgery, the struggle to always work when tomorrow might be a better day.

Joyce Carol Oats:
Most writers find first drafts painfully difficult, like climbing a steep stairs, the end of which isn't in sight. Only just persevere! Eventually, you will get where you are gong, or so you hope. And when you get there, you will not ask why?

AL Kennedy
The joy of writing for a living is that you get to do it all the time. The misery is that you have to, whether you're in the mood or not.

And then there are a couple like Julie Myerson:
Writing gives me such enormous pleasure, and I'm a much happier (and therefore nicer) person when I'm doing it.

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