Are you having fun yet?

The audience never has a better time than the artist. So write the book you want to read. Write the scene you want to experience. As much as writers complain about the process, they keep writing. The tortured Irishman in his garret, squeezing out ten words a day for decades, enjoys every minute of that torture–that’s fun, to him, and he would be even unhappier in another job, regardless of what he tells his biographer.

The featured image for this post shows Joseph Fiennes in Shakespeare In Love, an excellent film about finding inspiration (among other themes). Does he look like he’s having a good time? Bite your nails instead of that quill, Joe; the ink of that era probably didn’t taste very good. “What’s in the brain that ink may character….” – William Shakespeare, Sonnet 108.


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