A lot of aspiring writers are all ready to write a novel, but they don't know how to write sentences.
John Irving once told me he doesn't start a novel until he knows the last sentence. I said, 'My God, Irving, isn't that like working in a factory?'
What bothers most critics of my work is the goofiness. One reviewer said I need to make up my mind if want to be funny or serious. My response is that I will make up my mind when God does, because life is a commingling of the sacred and the profane, good and evil. To try and separate them is fallacy.
If the novelist isn't surprised by where his book ends up, he or she probably hasn't written anything worth remembering.