I'm a scientist
, I don't claim to be a writer
. Yet this passage from The World According to Garp
has always struck me as incredibly true
"Unlike Alice, Garp was a real writer - not because he wrote more beautifully than she wrote but because he knew what every artist should know: as Garp put it. 'You only grow by coming to the end of something and by beginning something else'. Even if these so-called endings and beginnings are illusions. Garp did not write faster than anyone else, or more; he simply always worked with the idea of completion in mind."