From the Paris Review interview with Tobias Wolff:

When I was a kid and saw these pictures of Hemingway on safari or fishing in Idaho, or Fitzgerald in Paris, I thought, What an exciting life writers must lead. What I didn’t know is that’s what they do when they’re not writing. What’s exciting is finding a word that’s been dodging you for days, or deciding to cut something you’ve spent weeks on.

The excitement’s in the writing. It doesn’t offer much in the way of drama, I’m afraid.

img055-1 John Updike in his study in Ipswich, Massachusetts
Photo by photographer and author Jill Krementz