”I have a huge affection for the excellent work of other people I read,” Mr. Ford said. ”And if I want to write well, I have to work hard at it. I have disciplined myself by clearing other things out of my life that would make me busy. If I was going to fail in being a writer, I didn’t want to have any excuses. My excuse was going to be that I had given myself my best shot and I wasn’t good enough. It’s kind of an imposed desperation.’

-Richard Ford, review of The Sportswriter