Friday, March 3, 2006

Churchill on writing

Ted Neward pointed me to this quote the other day, which I'd not seen before, but which characterizes the writing process quite well:
Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public.
Winston Churchill

I'm gaining the upper hand over the monster. Public humiliation of it, or me, is imminent.