Noelle Harrison Writes—Like a Runner

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Our First Days of Spring workshop tutor Noelle Harrison wrote this weekend about her novel-writing process, how it’s a lot like training for a marathon, and why so many writers give up:

“Over the years, I have come across so many gifted writers who have started their books with a blaze of enthusiasm only to fizzle out and lose their momentum. Sink into the swamp of self-doubt and give up. They just could not get that book finished. I understood how they felt. I really did…”

You can read more about why most writers give up, and what pushed Harrison to keep going and to write multiple novels. See: “Writing like a runner,” on, here.

Harrison is the author of four novels, including The Adulteress (Pan Macmillan, 2010); I remember (Pan Macmillan, 2009); A Small Part of Me (Pan Macmillan, 2007); and Beatrice (Pan Macmillan, 2005).