Monday, February 11, 2013

Writing = Pain or Pleasure?

“I would quit while you’re ahead. Really. It’s an awful field. Just torture. Awful. You write and you write, and you have to throw almost all of it away because it’s not any good. I would say just stop now. You don’t want to do this to yourself. That’s my advice to you.”
According to "Is Writing Torture?" by Avi Steinberg, established author Philip Roth said this to new novelist Julian Tepper just weeks before Roth announced his retirement.

Tepper published this anecdote with The Paris Review blog, and it caused a stir within the writing community. Roth paints a grim picture of life as a writer, but others, like Elizabeth Gilbert, argue it's a "fucking great" job.

So, writers, which is it?  Pain or pleasure?

As with most debates, I believe the answer falls in the grey area.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This question needs a long discussion. Writing is pain only for those who don't like to do it. There are many other professions for such people. I really like to write. At the university, my essays received the highest marks. I have a collection of essays on various topics, at home. I'm a fan of writing. Of course, when I needed to look for work, I decided to become a writer. I write my favorite essays, academics papers for students. I really like it. I rest when I write. Actually, the perfect company for me wasn't immediately found. I worked with many services but the best conditions I found on Do what you love and love what you do! I think that is the whole point.