There’s a really good, really funny interview with Richard Price in the Believer:
I have to be a little intimidated by what IÄôm writing about. I have to feel a little bit like I donÄôt think I can do this, I donÄôt think I can master this, I donÄôt think I can get under the skin of this, because when youÄôre a little scared, youÄôre bringing everything to the table because youÄôre not sure you can do it unless you bust your balls and really, really get into it. Terror keeps you slender. I need a sense of awe. Oh, shit! I canÄôt believe I just saw that! But then what do you do with what you saw? ThatÄôs the bottom line. ThatÄôs the novel.
On writing novels vs screenplays:
BLVR: Do you wake up every morning and write right away?
RP: It depends. It depends if thereÄôs anybody waiting for it. If thereÄôs not anybody waiting for it, I can get slack. ThatÄôs also the good thing about screenwriting, is that there are other people involved. If youÄôre writing a novel, once you sign a contract and have a couple years to write it, thatÄôs it. YouÄôre on your own. You can have cobwebs, you can look like Miss HavershamÄôs wedding cake before anybody gives a shit.