But, writing, it always begins poorly. It can only begin poorly. As I describe in the book, it’s more like trying to reverse engineer something edible from rotten food than assembling a meal out of palatable ingredients. It goes on the page poorly, and then you have to live with the fact that you create bad work the first time around. Because that’s what one does in writing. You have to live with that — and with yourself — long enough to then dial it back and work on it and make it better. That is tremendously difficult. Yet, in the end, it’s incredibly sustaining.