“Writing is turning time into language, and all good writers have an elaborate, fetishistic relationship to their working hours. Writers talking about time are like painters talking about unprimed canvas and pigments.” –Adam Gopnik writing about Anthony Trollope in The New Yorker

It’s an interesting observation; you could replace “good writers” with “successful writers,” and I mean “successful” not in the sense of “marketable” or “read” but in the sense of “in the habit of putting connected words on paper on a regular basis.” It takes time to write; it also takes time to plan what needs to be written, to revise what shouldn’t have been, and to read enough work by other writers to avoid stylistically smothering in one’s own navel lint. “Turning time into language” is quite a nice way of putting that project into a nutshell.