Planning to write is not writing. Outlining a book is not writing. Researching a book is not writing. Talking to people about what you are doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing. But very few people have the discipline or the dedication, let alone the talent, of Irving or Keroac(or their equals) or Atget, Cartier – Bresson, and Strand for that matter. Most people don’t even read Irving or Kerouac (or their equals) or study the work of Atget, Cartier – Bresson and Strand or listen to Mozart and Bach and until they do, their chances of distinguishing between art and trash are limited.
– E.L. Doctorow
I found this piece of truth this morning and my mind is still trying to get my hands around it.