What interests me about novelists as a species is the obsessiveness of the activity, the fact that novelists have to go on writing. I think that probably must come from a sense of the irrecoverable. In every novelist’s life there is some more acute sense of loss than with other people, and I suppose I must have felt that. I didn’t realize it, I suppose, till the last ten or fifteen years. In fact you have to write novels to begin to understand this. There’s a kind of backwardness in the novel…an attempt to get back to a lost world.
You soon lose the sense, in writing fiction, that you yourself are making things happen.
Larry McMurtry; Literary Life: A Second Memoir
[I know exactly what he means, this happens to me every time I write. The characters take over, they end up telling me what to write. It’s a strange phenomenon.]
I think that the most precious possession of a highly evolved man is his freedom of thought and expression; and that conversely the worst hardship he can suffer is the curtailment of that freedom through overt censorship or through the obligation of writing insincere materials to suit commercial editors.
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.