Surgery or bricklaying

Thanks to a reminder from The Writer’s Almanac, let us remember the birthday of William Faulkner. From Faulkner’s 1956 Paris Review interview:

Let the writer take up surgery or bricklaying if he is interested in technique. There is no mechanical way to get the writing done, no shortcut. The young writer would be a fool to follow a theory. Teach yourself by your own mistakes; people learn only by error. The good artist believes that nobody is good enough to give him advice. He has supreme vanity. No matter how much he admires the old writer, he wants to beat him.