I did what most writers do at their beginnings: emulated my elders, imitated my peers, thus turning away from any possibility of discovering truths beneath my skin and behind my eye.
The ability to write is quite different from the ability to tell a story. Of course if you do both equally well you can conquer the world.
One of the greatest moments for a writer is when the characters take control and write the story.
If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.
The trick is not becoming a writer. The trick is staying a writer.
You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.
Because this business of becoming conscious, of being a writer, is ultimately about asking yourself, How alive am I willing to be?