Here are some powerful quotes from several writers:
“The hardest trade in the world is the writing of straight, honest prose about human beings.”
“There are significant moments in everyone’s day that can make literature. That’s what you ought to write about.”
“I have known writers who paid no damn attention whatever to rules of grammar and rhetoric and somehow made the language behave for them.”
My advice to an aspiring sportswriter would be: don’t be a sportswriter. Learn what the newspaper business is about before you become a specialist.
Watch children at play. They are terribly serious. The same is true with writing: you get caught up in the rhythm. That’s when it really gets to be complete play.