Writing hard • 6 September 2009 • The SnowBlog

Writing hard

Stephen Fry writing about writing, referencing Clive James, quoting Thomas Mann saying this: "A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than for other people." Which I sort of take to mean that a writer is both more acutely aware of words and more strict with them; it's only those who are neither who can scribble away without effort. But then again, I think writing is probably like love: different for everyone. I'm sure there are those who produce really great stuff with a casual flick of the wrist. The excerpt is from Stephen's recent blog post written after a prolonged bout of (screenplay?) writing. It is here.


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