“I hate to write,” Anna Quindlen told the audience at a recent Arts & Letters Live appearance in Dallas.
“That’s what I always tell students first. They think that, if you’re good at something, it comes to you easy.”
Good work doesn’t come easy, stressed Quindlen, the author of seven bestselling novels, four nonfiction titles and a memoir that was a New York Times bestseller.
Good work is hard work, Quindlen said, and often she does not feel inspired to write. So, she doesn’t wait until she feels inspired to work. She sits down in the morning, starts to work and then inspiration usually comes while she is working.