How do you know how the story should begin until you find out where it’s going? … The Muse visits during creation, not before. Don’t wait for inspiration, just plunge in.

These rules have saved me half a career’s worth of time, and gained me a reputation as the fastest writer in town. I’m not faster. I just spend less time not writing.

From Roger Ebert.


It was he who encouraged me to be a writer in the first place. He was an electrician for the University, who refused to teach me a thing about his trade, but told me: “I was working in the English Building today, and saw those fellows with their feet up on their desks, smoking pipes and reading books. Boy, that’s the life for you!”