As a published crime writer I'm going to post what it's like to be a professional writer, the good and the bad days, writing and not writing.
Writing is just plain hard - physically, emotionally, and mentally. It's probably the hardest profession there is yet everybody thinks if they can read or write then they have all that's necessary to be an author.
That is exactly right.
I dunno. Trollope wrote a 12-novel cycle and also had a day job as, I believe, a civil servant. So the writing must have come fairly easily for him.
Trollope began writing during his long train trips. He was a postal surveyor and had lots of trips with big blocks of time. By the time he had some popularity with his work, he was senior in the postal dept. I believe he had a bit more leisure and flexibility than many of today's writers.Additionally, he was highly focused and always worked according to a daily production quota. *g* Maybe he was like Martha Stewart and only needed 4 hours of sleep a night!
I apologize. I was thinking of Anhony Powell, not Trollope.So sorry.
No apology necessary. I just happened to know because I researched Trollope a while back.
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