I don't know why I started writing. I don't know why anybody does it. Maybe they're bored, or failures at something else.
You are either born a writer or you are not.
My perfect day is sitting in a room with some blank paper. That's heaven. That's gold and anything else is just a waste of time.
Creative work is often driven by pain. It may be that if you don't have something in the back of your head driving you nuts, you may not do anything. It's not a good arrangement. If I were God, I wouldn't have done it that way.[Interview,, Nov. 20, 2009]
I never had any doubts about my abilities. I knew I could write. I just had to figure out how to eat while doing this.[, New York Times, April 19, 1992]