You have to catch hell. You’ve got to take punishment…
God knows you’re in the most depressing and discouraging surroundings – but that’s what makes a writer.
Write a lot – but see a lot more. Keep your ears and eyes going and try all the time to get your conversations right.
His face got triumphant — the way Kenneth’s face got triumphant; without implications of his having defeated or outdrawn anybody. The ocean was terrible now. It was full of bowling balls.