...I know Shakespeare said art is holding up a mirror to nature- but you're actually bending and refracting it through your interior dialogue ...
...there is a myth called objective reality - we think an impersonal world exists apart from us - it doesn't - it needs us to be ...
...it's not the medium that's the message - it's consciousness - the wonder of being able to wonder ...
...if you always move in certainty, your writing will be flat - creativity is a rugged terrain...
...the most beautiful things don't always make you happy - often they make you weep...
...the answer is not in the damn blank page - it's in the days or years before and you have to dredge it up - exhume the past again ...
...language always occurs in a context - you can speak Elizabethan words, but to speak the language you have to put on the mindset...
...consider yourself a functional character in someone else's novel - a background character - a person on the street - that's the perspective ...
...when you're a writer, you become deeper and more uniquely distinct, the more you go inside yourself...
...the secret to writing is to get your own pain - shout it out till it hurts your throat - weep it into your pillow - then write it down ...
...writing with ferocity is a gift, provided that ferocity is a monomaniacal devotion to pursuing the truth ...
... my early writing was a silent fury - at what or whom, I had no idea - but I shut it in until it burned my bones and now, I've let it out...
...I make no apology about stirring the depths - every human longs to swim under water and see what lurks beneath ...