Society, Education & Politics
Political writer Owen Jones explains that for him writing is an occasionally painful means to a vital end.
A confession: I never really wanted to be a writer. Writing is laborious, full of lengthy periods of often crippling solitude, full of internal wrestling over arguments, facts and how they are all framed. Don't get me wrong - this is no plea for sympathy, and there are plenty of jobs that are genuinely monotonous and poorly remunerated for it. But if you love human company - which I do - then the best part of the process is discussing ideas and being challenged by others, rather than attempting to paint a computer screen with your internal monologue. Read more >