Those two pieces of advice have shaped my career as a writer and a producer of books for other people.
It’s an incremental, iterative journey. You don’t magically arrive. Ever. You just strive to get closer.
First there is the art. But now process is art also.
People don’t want to see you in your writing. They want to see themselves in it.
You are not doing the world any favors by sitting and telling its artists how they can and cannot create.
I think everyone, if they sit down and think about it, has a philosophy of life. Something they do that is sacred to them.
On being a writer: “All the days of his life he should be reading as faithfully as his partaking of food; reading, watching, listening.” John Fante
Listen: there’s no such thing as an original idea. That is all at once hugely depressing and massively liberating.
I just thought, “I’m so lonely.”
A writer can never stay away from the pen (or pencil, or keyboard) for long. The only solution is to keep going.