We are inspired by divine power to write.
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.
Confusion of a Writer – Sometimes I want all limelight to shine on me and sometimes I just want to vanish underneath the deep waters.
I’ve always loved the night, when everyone else is asleep and the world is all mine. It’s quiet and dark-the perfect time for creativity.
I’ve never thought of writing as the mere arrangement of words on the page but the attempted embodiment of a vision; a complex of emotions; raw experience. The effort of memorable art is to evoke in the reader or spectator emotions appropriate to that effort.
Writing is talking, except you get the chance to edit what you just said
Every serious novel is, beyond its immediate thematic preoccupations, a discussion of the craft, a conquest of the form, a conflict with its difficulties and a pursuit of its felicities and beauty.
When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue-you sell him a whole new life.
If your writing fails to move the emotional needle, you are not reaching your readers.
When I had my girls, I knew what magic felt like for the first time. I had created people who didn’t exist before. Now I write for the same reason. Creating people and their life’s stories through my writing is as close to magic as I’ll ever get again.