It’s always an illusion that there’s going to be the big breakthrough. By the time you achieve what you’d have once thought was a breakthrough, you’ve raised the bar so much higher that it gets to be anti-climactic. It makes you realize how much you have to love sitting in front of a computer and writing, because anything else that happens is mildly disappointing; the actual process of writing is the thing that has to pay off.

Antonya Nelson,