From: The Very Telling
Conversations with American Writers
By Sarah Anne Johnson
Interview with Michael Cunningham:
"I've come to think that what we call 'talent' is inextricably linked to a bottomless fascination with the process itself, that an artist of any kind possesses, among other qualities, the desire to do it and do it until it comes out right.
"It took me some time to understand that what I needed to do was not reform my natural inclinations, but to give in to them.
"I'm not convinced that writers must only write about what they know, but I'm sure we should only deal with that about which we care passionately.
"Have patience. Don't panic."