Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.
Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Albert Einstein.
-H. Jackson Brown
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.
Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.
-Hunter S. Thompson
Mazinger Z, if I’m not mistaken. Saw it in Seoul this past weekend.
You may return to your (now obviously duller than a robot-on-a-horse statue) life.
It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.