It’s rare that, upon mentioning a childhood book, everyone has almost the same reaction which goes something along the lines of; ‘I love that book. I read it over and over again.’ Or, ‘The cover fell off that book I read it so many times.’ Or, ‘That book scared the bejezzus out of me, but I loved it.’
1. The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard
Writing a book is a solitary act. For me, it encapsulates both the beauty and biggest challenge with the art form. Sure, you might have a patient friend, or a writing group you can bounce ideas around with, but the actual writing is down to you.
It requires you to spend inordinate hours alone, usually in silence, putting one word in front of another until you have a sentence. If you’re fortunate, a collection of sentences become a paragraph and, if you’re really lucky, a clutch of paragraphs become a chapter. Cue imaginary high five.
So how do you keep going? I thought I’d share other people’s wise words that motivate me when I’m writing.