You have to catch hell. You’ve got to take punishment…
God knows you’re in the most depressing and discouraging surroundings – but that’s what makes a writer.
Write a lot – but see a lot more. Keep your ears and eyes going and try all the time to get your conversations right.”
I’m never going to be shy about anything, what I write about is what I know; it’s more about my version of the truth as I know it.
That’s part of my talent, really—putting the way people really speak into the things I write. My only obligation is to my characters. And they came from where I have been.”
Wipe away the magic and myth of creating and all that remains is work: the work of becoming expert through study and practice, the work of finding solutions to problems and problems with those solutions, the work of trial and error, the work of thinking and perfecting, the work of creating.
Creating consumes. It is all day, every day. It knows neither weekends nor vacations. It is not when we feel like it. It is habit, compulsion, obsession, vocation. The common thread that links creators is how they spend their time. No matter what you read, no matter what they claim, nearly all creators spend nearly all their time on the work of creation.
There are few overnight successes and many up-all-night successes.”
“ In an unmoored life like mine, sleep and hunger and work arrange themselves to suit themselves, without consulting me. ”
“ Write hard and clear about what hurts. ”