In the mythology of authors, Ursula K Le Guin would be one of the titans holding up the tectonic plates of the writing world. Even if you haven’t read her work, chances are you love an author that has been heavily influenced by her. For a little while she was reaching out to teach aspiring writers; her advice, as with all good advice, transcended the topic.
I love the end in particular:
And then, once in a while, none of that sweat and trial and error and risk-taking is necessary. Something just comes to you as you write. You write it down, it’s there, it’s really good. You look at it unbelieving. Did I do that?
I think that kind of gift mostly comes as the pay-off for trying, patiently, repeatedly, to make something well.