If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.’
‘Writing is a dog’s life, but the only one worth living.’
Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
‘Writing is a deeply immersive experience. When the words are flying, the house could be burgled and I wouldn’t notice. I have a low boredom threshold and I like intensity – writing is a way of escaping the quotidian.’
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.
‘For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.’
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart…