There is nothing to write about, you say. Well then, write and let me know just this—that this is nothing to write about.
—Pliny the Younger, Roman author
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist or understand.
—George Orwell, author of Animal Farm and 1984