Junot Díaz, interview with Bill Moyers [x] (via mswyrr)
I think it’s very true as well… but.
I think it’s very true that to write a book, you have to become the person you need to become to finish that book.
I think it’s true that to write a book you have to make yourself more human.
But I don’t think it’s a process that can be predicted. There have been days—hell, there have been moments—that made me more human, in a way that other years haven’t managed. Humans grow by fits and starts: nobody can predict the slow beautiful evolution of the self.
I have seen people write books in really tiny amounts of time. (Nine days, Kiersten White, what are you.) H. Rider Haggard wrote ‘She’ in a month. And I have seen people disdaining a book written in a short amount of time. This is ridiculous: taking more time is no guarantee of quality. (Take away my internet, and I can write like lightning. A book doesn’t gain more dignity because the time it took to write was, uh, enhanced by my addiction to twitter…)
I have also seen deadlines being bent and broken, and books not as good as they could have been being published, by people who straight-up needed more time. Neither of these things is okay: nobody can work by oven-timer.
The thing to take away is that nobody should ever feel pressured to remake themselves to someone else’s schedule, or have to hand in a book with its soul half-formed.