C/W MYTH OF THE DAY DEBUNKED.
'Writing a novel is very hard work, the hardest work you will ever do... It is also painful and even agonising.'
Oh please. Being a coal miner or working on a fishing trawler is hard work. Nursing a ward of incontinent old men with Alzheimer's disease is hard work. Sewing hoodies in a sweat shop for 5 rupees an hour is hard work. Looking after two sets of twins a year apart in age is hard work. Carrying water in a jug on your head 3 miles through the dust under a hot sun is hard work. Writing a novel is a matter of application and concentration. If you are going to complete it you will have to put in the hours. It can make your brain ache, like doing your tax return or sorting out your 11 year old's Maths homework.
But in terms of HARD WORK as above, it's a doddle. Why? Because you should be loving every minute of it. You should enjoy it and look forward to starting every day. If you don't, what the hell are you doing here? Go away and try pottery.
It is not agony and it is not painful though it can be extremely frustrating when you just can't get it right - so can a crossword that won't come out.
Otherwise, this is pleasure. It is play. It is learning to do what you have a talent for. It is fun. It is satisfying. It is challenging and absorbing. It is the best game in the world. Well I think so. But let us not hear a WORD about what a sweat it is and oh the agony, or I'm orff.