Yes, writing is hard. But…

There are ways of making it easier but, as Rebecca McClanahan says in this extract, writing is hard work. (Then again, on a camping trip a few years back I bumped into a local farmer who was checking his sheep. Somehow we ended up talking about my work as a writer. He listened to me whining about the difficulties of it all, then said, “So there’s no heavy lifting involved?” He didn’t wait for answer; one of his sheep had got stuck in a ditch).