The Heart of the Matter …
Bernard Malamud 1914-1986
The highly successful American author Bernard Malamud was well aware that self-disipline and effective use of time were central to his craft.
There are enormously talented people around but the problem is getting organized to use your talents. A lot of people lose it, they just lose it. Life starts turning somersaults over your back and the next thing you know you’re confronting things that seem to you more important than getting organized to do your writing. And if you can’t get organized, then you can kiss your talent goodbye. It happens in so many cases, it’s almost a loss, as though you have a field of flowers and were never able to collect them.
(Bernard Malamud, interviewed by Mary Long. Mademoiselle. August 1976)