The necessity of writing


Writing is a concentrated form of thinking… A young writer sees that with words and sentences on a piece of paper that costs less than a penny he can place himself more clearly in the world. Words on a page, that’s all it takes to help him separate himself from the forces around him, streets and people and pressures and feelings. He learns to think about these things, to ride his own sentences into new perceptions.”

Don DeLillo in interview, The Paris Review, 'Don DeLillo, The Art of Fiction No. 135', Issue 28, Fall 1993