"Writing is a process of dealing with not-knowing, a forcing of what and how. We have all heard novelists testify to the fact that, beginning a new book, they are utterly baffled as to how to proceed, what should be written and how it might be written, even though they've done a dozen." — Donald Barthelme, Not Knowing
"Maybe books devoted to exalted standards of prose will always be reproached for not telling readers enough." Where The Stress Falls, Susan Sontag.