Award-winning authorÂ Colm TÃ³ibÃn claimed earlier this year that he gains no enjoyment from writing. Â The GuardianÂ asked a slew of other authors whether or not they enjoyed writing for a living, and the answers were surprisingly mixed. This from the original interview withÂ Colm TÃ³ibÃn:
I write with a sort of grim determination to deal with things that are hidden and difficult and this means, I think, that pleasure is out of the question. I would associate this with narcissism anyway and I would disapprove of it.
And this from Will Self:
I gain nothing but pleasure from writing fiction; short stories are foreplay, novellas are heavy petting â€“ but novels are the full monte. Frankly, if I didn’t enjoy writing novels I wouldn’t do it â€“ the world hardly needs any more and I can think of numerous more useful things someone with my skills could be engaged in.