Wednesday, 15 June 2011

George Orwell - Why I Write

The greatest essay on writing ever written, by (in my opinion) the most important writer of the 20th Century.

"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 nor understand. For all one knows that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention. And yet it is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality."

Can't argue with that.

Read the full essay here.

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