“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist or understand.” – George Orwell
Agree or disagree?
“Why shouldn’t you have a hard time? If it was easy, any little mug could chisel in on the racket, and it wouldn’t be any good for anybody. It doesn’t take brains, certainly, to be a freelance fiction racketeer… but it takes an ironclad intestinal tract.” — Jack Woodford
What’s on top of your bucket list?
What book from your childhood or adolescence hit you with such an emotional wallop that you’ve never forgotten it?
Is your desk neat or a carousel of clutter? One study suggests creatives should leave that messy desk alone. “Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights.” In contrast, the researchers found that orderly environments encourage convention and playing it safe.
So what does your desk look like?
Are you reading more fiction or less in the age of the e-reader and apps and social media and 24/7 feeds? Is it easier, harder, or just the same for you to get “lost in a book”?
William Carlos Williams
“I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.”
— William Carlos Williams
What metaphor would you choose to describe writing?
What place would you like to visit next, and why?
I do love America. And L.A. is a very short commute to America. It’s like half an hour on the plane. — Craig Ferguson
How would you describe your home town? Have you ever written about it?
Did you get any new books over the holidays? What are you looking forward to reading in 2019?