Writing is thinking on paper.
Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.
The business of the poet and novelist is to show the sorriness underlying the grandest things, and the grandeur underlying the sorriest things.
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
Writing well is at one and the same time good thinking, good feeling and good expression; it is having wit, soul and taste, all together.
Writing is more than anything a compulsion, like some people wash their hands thirty times a day for fear of awful consequences if they do not. It pays a whole lot better than this type of compulsion, but it is no more heroic.
Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one’s luck.
This (writing) is the love of your life. It's what I want to do when I wake up. Nothing feels so absorbing, so fulfilling.
Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.
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.