'The business side of things – knowing how to file your taxes, claim back your expenses, or manage your income – is more important than you think. Writing is a craft and an art, but being a writer is a job. The worker needs to eat.'
'Overwhelmed by the pressure to write, I had ceased to do many of the things that I enjoyed. I did not read for pleasure, or take long meandering walks, or let lonely strangers tell me their life stories. With benefit of hindsight it all seems so clear.'
'What is my purpose? If my purpose is to write, then how does what I am doing in the present moment, serve that purpose? What is the purpose of this piece of writing? How does each scene, each sentence, each word, serve that purpose?'