Appreciation for writers who slog through the barren middleland of their books. February 22, 2016 09:52

For my writer-friends. Because I am always in awe of what you have to do to fill my world with stories.

"To be in the middle of composing a book is almost always to feel oneself in a state of confusion, doubt and mental imprisonment, with an accompanying intense wish that one worked instead at bricklaying." - Joseph Epstein (NYT opinion, 2002)