Literature is the ditch I’m going to die in. It’s still the thing I care most about.
For me, at least, fiction is the only way i can even begin to twist my lying memories into something true.
I have from the first felt sure that the writer, when he sits down to commence his novel, should do so, not because he has to tell a story, but because he has a story to tell. The novelist’s first novel will generally have sprung from the right cause.
I have always been considered a bit of an outsider, and a general failure at everything I put my hand towards. In fact, you might even go so far as to say that I’m a lesser being of great insignificance! I state this because, when writing a story, you should always start the first line off with at least one basic truth.
-First lines from the novel Sukiyaki
I know, not everyone will like what I write, but writing is not about trying to please everybody.
Writing a complete novel is time consuming, frustrating, nerve wrecking, and most of the time your work is under valued, under appreciated, and taken for granted. So why do authors do it? Because not writing at all, feels far worse.
A writer will always be a writer. It’s not a choice, it’s a destiny.
Love the work: the grind, the dreaming, the distracted not-sleep, all of it. It’s the one thing in the job that will always be there, and the real pleasure in the profession. Everything else is luck.
What doesn’t kill us gives us something new to write about.
The writing that so thrills and exhilarates you, as if you were dancing right next to the band, is barely audible to anyone else.