” Life throws up enough road blocks to keep you from writing, you can’t be adding to them yourself by saying you can only write in one specific place. I’m in New York half the time and Texas half the time, and I work wherever – in my computer bag I have some foam ear plugs that I can put in. “


” You don’t make a decision about being a writer. There was a point, aged 21, when it became clear that this is who I am. The choice is how good you are going to be at it and how hard you are going to work. “


” You have to believe in yourself and only trust your own vision and instincts. If I’d listened to what other people thought about my work in the first 10 years that I was a writer, I never would have made it to begin with. “


” My parents have always been incredibly supportive. Even when I dropped out of high school, they said, ‘We trust you, we believe in you.’ “


” If you’re always thinking about someone else’s work, about the tradition you’re working in, how can you possibly make anything good? “


” When you start to look at Native American history, you realize that, very far from being a peaceful, morally superior people, Native Americans were not that different from Europeans. “


” I wanted to think about our creation myth, you know, what is the fundamental story that defines America. And it certainly is the West. “


” I don’t think you can be taught how to make art. You can be coached, but on a fundamental level you have to figure it out for yourself. You have to learn how your own mind works, figure out your own relationship to the art, you essentially have to invent it completely for yourself. “


” When you look at ‘Grapes of Wrath,’ the weakest moments are those in which Steinbeck is spouting a political idea directly at the reader. The book’s real power comes from its slower, broader movement. “


” Your job as a writer is to find storylines, narrative structures, and characters to show the things that you believe rather than saying them or telling them. “


” Fundamentally, all art is about human beings. You’re always showing larger moral questions through the smaller moral, philosophical, or political choices through one character in the book. “



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Your job as a writer is to find storylines, narrative structures, and characters to show the things that you believe rather than saying them or telling them.
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