Writing Is Like Sex

Eight Things I Know About Being A Writer

 by Katy Regan


  • It doesn’t get any easier with each book, all that happens is that your friends and family get more bored of hearing you talk about how hard it is and crucially, less able to hide this fact which means, eventually you just stop talking about it, opting for “Oh fine, FINE” when they ask you how the book’s coming along (which they do less and less for aforementioned reasons. It’s a vicious circle, really)
  • I find there are too many cafes these days that have Wi-Fi (I basically can’t write fiction if I have the Internet on, I have to do Facebook / Twitter OR write, I can’t do them both a the same time) and not enough that don’t play music (I also can’t write with music on. Not precious at all!)
  • Plot is by far, the hardest thing to master. Bit like golf, I find, looks easy but really is not.
  • Writers really will do anything but get down to it – especially the nearer the deadline: Distraction activities I have undertaken include: Sorting my sock drawer, folding laundry, flossing teeth, washing rugs (yes, really), sewing on labels to child’s school uniform, joining discount voucher sites, reading my stars, reading friends’ stars, looking up compatibility between my stars and other peoples’ stars……The list goes on.
  • You will, without a doubt, always come across a novel with the same plot as yours – probably within a week, of coming up with said genius plot idea (which will have taken you weeks, if not months to sort out).
  • I know you are being lovely and encouraging when you say “You just need that film deal now!” Or “What about a film? Wouldn’t that get you more money”, but I’m just going to say for the record, that getting a film deal, is rare, VERY rare; about as likely, I’d say as Kerry Katona staying with George for the rest of her life.
  • I work harder now as a full-time writer at home than I ever did in an office. Ever. In fact, what did I do in my years of being in an office?! A lot of going to the canteen and reading the papers.
  • I reckon writing is a bit like sex, the longer you leave it, the harder it is to get round to it but the more you do, the more you want to do!

katy regan the story of you
Katy Regan was born and brought up in the northern English seaside town of Morecambe. Her claim to fame – aside from being possibly the only person in the world to get expelled from primary school – is that at the age of 16 she went to stage school in Surrey with Posh Spice. She has worked in magazines, and written several novels, including How We Met and The Story of You.


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