"Writing fiction is for me a fraught business an occasion of daily dread for at least the first half of the novel and sometimes all the way through. The work process is totally different from writing nonfiction. You have to sit down every day and make it up."
"Before Id written movies I never could do big set-piece scenes with a lot of different speakers - when youve got twelve people around a dinner table talking at cross purposes. I had always been impressed by other peoples ability to do that."