Love Matt Shoard’s post here http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2010/mar/12/room-of-ones-own-novel on The Guardian’s Books Blog on what he thinks writers need. Contrary to what Virginia Woolf said, it’s not money and a room of one’s own:
Real writers need frustration. They need embarrassment. They need cold, uncomfortable rooms, miles from a mobile [ed. Or Internet!] signal. There should be an infestation of at least one parasite, a backlog of warnings from the Student Loans Company and just enough coffee for what Don DeLillo calls “an occasional revelation”.