Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard.
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
Without words sure, but the two points would deny oral cultures their history and humanity.
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life. Do the work. Keep the faith. Be true blue. You are a writer because you write. Keep writing and quit your bitching. Your book has a birthday. You don’t know what it is yet.
I tend to be a subscriber to the idea that you have everything you need by the time you’re 12 years old to do interesting writing for most of the rest of your life – certainly by the time you’re 18. But I do find it helps me with form, in that something may just inspire me, may give me an idea as to the form I’m going to create something in, or maybe the setting. Ten or 12 years ago, nature writing struck my imagination and it’s seeped into my work a little bit here and there ever since.. It’s all kinds of things… So when you go to record with your band, you have all those sounds, you’ve created a bank.