For lazy, restful Saturdays, I am introducing posts on different topics that are exactly 100 words each. I know that Len Penzo does this but it looked like such good fun that I decided to have a go. These short pieces gave me great pleasure to write and I hope you enjoy reading them.

Writing is like prospecting for gold. You have to get up every morning and keep doing it with the hope that this will be the day when you will find gold. Inevitably, it is a ‘dirty’ job and there is much more mud than gold; you are not looking for mud but for the occasional nugget of gold.

Successful writers learn early on two things: 1) that they ought to focus on the gold and accept the mud as a necessary by-product; and 2) the wisdom to distinguish between gold and mud. There is always hard work and pain.