“Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.” – Sir Winston Churchill *
* The attribution of the quote to Churchill
may be apocryphal. I have been unable to locate the original source from Churchill’s writings, and, yes, I Googled it and checked WikiQuote to no avail.
Richard Langworth, Churchill by Himself: The Definitive Collection of Quotations (Ebury Press,UK, 2008) at p. 49 cites the source of the Churchill quote as:
“1949, 2 November, Grosvenor House, London (Churchill Archives Centre).”
(h/t to a spam commenter, with my apologies for deletion. Keep trying.)