After college I got a scholarship to a summer writing workshop where William Gass was a teacher. Gass is a philosophy professor, and when a student asked if his ‘philosophical ideas’ inspired his writing, Gass answered no, that he knew he was ‘smart,’ and so he just worked on his sentences. You have to trust that who you are is going to come out in some way. You focus on your sentences or on the most daring and delirious narrative vision, and trust that you’ll show up.
Francisco Gold, talking with Junot Díaz in The Barnes & Noble Review