On studying creative writing
"It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way."
On against-the-clock class exercises
These artificial limits create a crisis, which rouses the brain’s resources; the compulsion towards haste overthrows the ordinary precautions, flings everything into top gear, and many things that are usually hidden find themselves rushed into the open. Barriers break down, prisoners come out of their cells.” Ted Hughes
On what writers do
Fail. Fail again. Fail better.