Trying to write the next great novel is hard work. Writing, editing, research, thinking, all take a lot of time and effort. It is a consuming process, one which does not lend itself well to the rigamarole of a 9 - 5 job. I press on nevertheless. If it takes me 10 years to complete my project, then so be it. If it is an unreadable, rambling mess, then so be it. I suppose the joy is in the process. Hopefully the result, whenever it comes, can come close to matching it.