I think it’s substantially an escape from self. … It’s escape not just for myself, it’s escape from everything. … It’s like having this dream that you can go back to kind of on demand. When it’s really going well it’s there waiting for you and you can immerse yourself in it for six hours every morning and it’s the best of all drugs because you are totally awake, totally firing on all cylinders. Your mind has never been working better. You’re not dulled at all, and yet you’re in a fantasy land and feeling no pain.
Jonathan Franzen on writing, via NPR’s Fresh Air, September 2017
This is how I feel about writing. It’s an on-demand dream world, people that exist and live and do. I never intend to start writing anything but it happens anyway. I never have problems writing, I have problems stopping writing and doing other things.