Is writing really that painful?
Apparently so. At least according to a number of people who do it professionally. Award-winning author Colm Toíbín kicked off the grouse fest in yesterday's Guardian, insisting that, "[T]here's no pleasure [in being a writer].... Except that I don't have to work for anyone who bullies me."
"I dread it," says Geoff Dyer. A first draft is "painfully difficult, like climbing a steep stairs, the end of which isn't in sight," says Oates.
Many writers, however, seem to share the sentiments of Samuel Johnson, who wrote 300 years ago, that "no man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money."