I get letters from aspiring writers or from people who simply have a fascination with the act of writing.

In this section I have included several articles I’ve written about the writing life, as well as a list of recommended books and a compilation interview that answers every question I’ve been asked about writing. When I find myself in a very challenging situation, such as stuck precariously on a mountain trying to find a way up or down, I remind myself, “Yes, but it’s not as hard as writing!”

Indeed, I know nothing harder—or more fulfilling—than this strange, solitary act of moving marks around on a piece of paper or computer screen.