Philip Roth on Writing

An excerpt from an interview with Philip Roth:

“Everybody has a hard job. All real work is hard. My work happened also to be undoable. Morning after morning for 50 years, I faced the next page defenseless and unprepared. Writing for me was a feat of self-preservation. If I did not do it, I would die. So I did it. Obstinacy, not talent, saved my life.”

Be obstinate!

My life as a writer (Interview: Philip Roth) (2014, March 2). The New York Times Sunday Book Review. Retrieved from