“I still encourage
anyone who feels at all compelled to write to do so. I just try to warn people
who hope to get published that publication is not all it is cracked up to be.
But writing is. Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many
surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do—the actual act of
writing—turns out to be the best part. It’s like discovering that while you
thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed
was the tea ceremony. The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.”