“My favorite part of writing a book is the moment when I can actually visualize the months and years of research as a book. For me that tends to happen during the second draft. The first draft can be tough, even miserable labor. The second draft (or third) is, for me, when the fun begins.”—Julie Salamon, author of Wendy and the Lost Boys: A Bio of Wendy Wasserstein
“It’s all become much more of a challenge. I find writing novels gets harder and harder, which is not what I thought would happen. I thought you’d learn how to do it.”—Alan Hollinghurst, author of The Stranger’s Child
“When you are not writing, you’re going to be sad. You are going to feel inadequate. You are going to feel untalented. You are going to feel incompetent. It’s crucially important to understand that the impulse to write is a reaching out to God.”—David Milch, creator of Deadwood and so much more, in a presentation at the WGA Theater, 2001.