Writers Under Stress

Even fictional writers suffer from the dreaded writer's block...

If you’re finding it hard to get the right words in the right order, read these books and take heart. There are authors with stories they can’t start, can’t finish or can’t sell, while others struggle with competitive fellow writers, disapproving families and deranged fans. Perhaps your writing life is not so bad after all?

1. The Ghost

Robert Harris
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3. Possession

A S Byatt
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4. Misery

Stephen King
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5. Hunger

Knut Hamsun
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6. Middlemarch

George Eliot
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7. The Shining

Stephen King
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8. Oracle Night

Paul Auster
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10. Wonder Boys

Michael Chabon
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11. Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

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Catherine Simpson
Catherine Simpson

Catherine Simpson won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2013. Her debut novel, Truestory, was published by Sandstone Press in September. Truestory tells the tale of a mother struggling to bring up her son who has Asperger’s Syndrome and refuses to leave the isolated farm where he was born, instead interacting with the world via his computer. Catherine was inspired to write the novel after raising her own daughter, Nina, who has autism. Follow Catherine on Twitter @cath_simpson13 and find her at www.catherine-simpson.co.uk.

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