"Now and again thousands of memories
arrange themselves around a central idea
in a coherent form,
and I write a story."
thinking of the result
in terms of a result,
but think of the writing
in terms of discovery,
to say that creation
must take place
between the pen and the paper,
not before in a thought
in a recasting...
It will come if it is there
and if you will let it come."
"Writing, like life itself,
voyage of discovery.
The adventure is a metaphysical one;
it is a way of approaching life indirectly,
rather than a partial view of the universe.
The writer lives
between the upper and lower worlds:
takes the path
in order eventually to become that path himself."
means, not reckoning and counting,
but ripening like the tree
which does not force its sap
in the storms of spring
without the fear that after them
may come no summer."
are three points of view
from which a writer can be considered:
he may be considered as a story teller,
as a teacher,
and as an enchanter.
A major writer combines these three -
storyteller, teacher, enchanter -
is the enchanter in him
and makes him
a major writer.
"I started with all the handicaps,
I didn't talk when I was twenty.
I taught myself by the act of writing."
"The beginning and end
of all literary
is the reproduction of the world
that surrounds me
by means of the world that is in me,
things being grasped, related,
moulded and constructed
in a personal form
and an original manner."
"Writing is far too hard work
say what someone else wants me to.
Serving it as a craft,
using it as a way of growing
in my own understanding,
seems to me to be a beautiful way to live.
And if that product is shareable with other people,
so much the
That increases the joy in it."
"The total life of the writer
the source of his work,
all of these go into his writing
in varying quantities:
the sense, as of taste and
the rate of metabolism, blood pressure,
the digestion, body temperature,
the memory of things past,
going back to the childhood
not only of the writer but of the race itself.
The success of his work
on the liveliness
and alertness of his brain,
previous reading of books,
shrewdness of insight into human character,
his ear for the sound of language.
The writer, therefore,
must have a more than ordinary
and the power to retain what he experiences."