"Out of the corner of my eye these days I sometimes see the glimmer of a world transformed by millions of persons who expect great things from each other."
If there's one impulse that all writers seem to share, it's the need to *say* something.
I'm not happy with the idea that I haven't moved since the last time I sat down to make something.
John Sayles: "It's our job, I think, to look outside of what we were born into and say, 'Is what I know really all that's going on?'"
You don't learn from influences by copying them, but by studying how they were influenced.
Musings on a talk between painter David Salle and Tyler Cowen.
What is it about writing a story that made you hell-bent on writing it, other than your urge to sign your name to it?
I don't always know when to stop doing research for a project, or how to deal with coming across valuable research after the project is already closed.
For the first time, I've formulated and written down the steps I take to create a story. Yours may differ.
"Let me make my own mistakes" becomes toxic when elevated to the status of a hill to die on.
In creative work there are no genres or labels, but only problems and the attempts to solve them.
If someone can talk you out of being a writer, you’re not a writer. But that doesn't mean other writers owe you anything.
Or at least transcend them. How my childhood fandom interests pointed the way beyond to future creation.
Each book of mine has been about going a place I haven't gone yet, and seeing what I can bring back with me.
On reading/consuming for enjoyment vs. reading/consuming for research.
How many stories do I have left? I don't know, and I want to keep the door open on that question as long as I possibly can.
The author of a Pulitzer-winning New York Times Magazine article left me with a debt I am still trying to repay.
Liberating the voice and being able to speak as only you can, rather than through the thousand voices you've inherited from the outside, is the hardest and most essential skill.
You don't rise to the level of goals, you fall to the level of your systems.
A big part of how I became a writer: I wanted to one-up my older brother.
If you have the confidence to tackle a given thing and see it through, that by itself can be enough to fix any problems you worry it might bring with it.
On recognizing and curtailing contempt culture.
I still haven't finished the Shunga-Satori Behind The Scenes posts, and some of that is due to me having misplaced some notes I thought I had.
No question: we all like to have some validation, somewhere, some time.
I've had to work over the years to shed my preconceptions about the artistic process, because they were formed back when I was more of an audience member than a creator.