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“Thinking about monastic ideals is not the same as living up to them, but at any rate such thinking has an important place in a monk’s life, because you cannot begin to do anything unless you have some idea what you are trying to do.”
– Thomas Merton


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, http://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/unbound/interviews/int2002-04-11.htm

As much as I liked watching my word count go up in a first draft, I thrill to see it go down in a second draft.

Grant Faulkner, http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/going-long-going-short/

I began to think of how the chants of “more, more, more” I’d heard in my writing workshops were often the single least helpful bit of feedback, impinging upon the vaporous whorls of suspense and necessary reserve that are integral to good storytelling, no matter the form.

Grant Faulkner

A good writer never stops learning, or being excited by a new voice or style. Gone Girl was so structurally clever, I had to read it twice to try to work out how the author pulled it off. Keith Ridgway’s Hawthorn and Child was so odd and angular, I also read it twice – once for pleasure, once as a hard-nosed pro – was he doing anything I could or should be doing?

Ian Rankin, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/what-ian-rankin-has-learned-about-writing-a-good-writer-never-stops-learning/article17036493/