‘It gets harder’: Tim Winton on writing (From the Archives)

The author of Cloudstreet offers insights into the writing life and reflects on the differences between writing for the page and the stage.

Aspiring writers struggling to complete their first novel or screenplay can take cold comfort from the words of Tim Winton, who says writing remains a struggle for him; it doesn’t get any easier with experience or age.

‘I think it gets harder and I can’t really account for that,’ said Winton, the multi-award winning author of Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and numerous other novels, short stories, children’s books and essays.

Unlock Padlock Icon

Like this content?

Become a Member and unlock unlimited Access today

Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts