Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
If you’re trying to decide what to write and you have one idea that scares you because you don’ know what people will think of it… write that one.
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.
If you find yourself insulted by someone’s reaction to your work. Just use it as fuel, just like every other writer who ever lived.
Brian Koppelman (via davidjwest)