Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Do writers enjoy writing?

After novelist Colm Tóibín's claim that he doesn't enjoy writing , The Guardian asks leading writers if they, too, find it a chore.
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... I'm with RLStevenson – having written – that's the good bit.


  1. When it's going well, especially when I write comedy, it's pure joy. I'm with the late, great George Burns, "You get to travel, sometimes you get paid, and it doesn't require heavy lifting."

  2. I love writing. I just hate the part where you have to sit still for hours and type.

  3. Anonymous5:40 pm

    Ahhhhhgh! After a lifetime, almost, as I've been writing for some sixty plus years, I still do it and still enjoy it. But I hate agents and publishers, and have been let down far too many times by both species. Wouldn't it be great if we could do without them? Now, in my dotage, I write for no money only pleasure, and I don't mind if nobody reads what I create. Besides, I fish when agents and publishers can't.

  4. Anonymous5:49 pm

    The late artist and sculptor Philip Hartas said that he bumped into Raymond Briggs and asked him how his work was going. Briggs replied, "It's okay, Phil, apart from the drawing."

    "Which drawing?" asked Hartas.

    "ALL the effing drawing!"

    Same thing with writing. It is nice to *have written*.


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