I find it extraordinarily painful to deliver a creative work. Recently I had to submit 10,000 words of which 6000 were fiction, the rest was theory. At the end of the writing period I said that it was harder work giving birth to these words than it had been giving birth to my daughter. I am sure there are many mothers who may think I exaggerate. I am now embarked on another 80,000 words. I almost wish it were a child. Perhaps this writing process is more like bringing up a child. Each day you do your best but you cannot tell how the child will turn out until the child is grown up.