To be a writer is to sit down at one’s desk in the chill portion of every day, and to write; not waiting for the little jet of the blue flame of genius to start from the breastbone – just plain going at it, in pain and delight. To be a writer is to throw away a great deal, not to be satisfied, to type again, and then again, and once more, and over and over…A-Z Quotes. 2020. TOP 20 QUOTES BY JOHN HERSEY | A-Z Quotes. [online] Available at: https://www.azquotes.com/author/6621-John_Hersey [Accessed 17 June 2020].