It seems to be mainly the mediocre and amateurish writers who defend their work, and tell you how great they are. If you’re not enjoying their excerpts then there is something wrong with you, not their writing.
The truly great writers have no time for this.
They are focused on trying to get better.
– Edward Fahey
I saw someone yesterday and thought, That guy doesn’t look like a writer. He looks like he simply moves through life. He doesn’t take it on, probe deep inside it, become one with it, and carry it for others.
It’s so obvious that I could never write anywhere near as powerfully or as quickly as this latest book has been coming through. Some beings unseen have to be helping. Often it feels like I’m merely taking dictation. But then, when I have to take a couple days off for a conference or some long-distance book readings, I feel bad because I’m not getting anything written.
My always wise but entertaining other half told me this time, “Well, THEY needed a rest, too!”