August 21, 2013

The Best Part of Being a Writer

"I appreciate the fact that I don't have to get up in the morning at a certain time and get a train to a certain office. I don't have to work with people I hate. I have enormous freedoms as to how I should spend my time and what I should work on. I have more freedom than freelance journalists do. I am almost given carte blanche to write whatever I want to and can take as much time over it as I want, providing the money doesn't run out. I don't have deadlines I have to meet. I don't have an editor who says you have to address this topic because our magazine is like this. So I have this tremendous freedom and I just have the freedom to think. I suppose a writer is in a privileged position anyway. But the great privilege is that you are given time to think. You are allowed to go away and ponder things in a way that most people don't." - Kazuo Ishiguro interviewed by Christopher Bigsby in 1987