The Epic Struggle

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
—George Orwell

6 thoughts on “The Epic Struggle

  1. Reblogged this on kinginascent and commented:
    I can relate to this but I’ve never thought about quitting. Ever. I write and it’s like a pleasurable, holistic addiction. It’s also just something I do, and even if I end up as a slightly pungent eccentric who tells strangers about the fifty unpublished novels, I will do so with a broken smile on my face.


  2. George Orwell’s words are so true. They remind me of the title of the old film, ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy’ – about Michelangelo’s struggle to finish painting the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. The compulsion to write is certainly overwhelming at times. But when it’s not going well, ‘it’s like giving birth to a baby elephant’, (according to David Eddings).

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    1. lol, ouch — Eddings paints it painfully.
      Michelangelo’s struggle was absolutely epic. I really like the symmetry you’ve identified. Certainly some authors have given their lives to their craft as well. I however, would be a little embarrassed to compare my efforts to that of the master’s. Maybe someday 🙂
      Thanks for the feedback Millie — much appreciated.

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