"So my first job as a writer is to make the prose undeniable. And for me this is mostly a gut-level or "ear" thing. Maybe it’s like music — people can talk and think and write endlessly about Miles Davis, but I doubt, in the moment of playing, that Miles Davis was doing much thinking, per se. What he was doing — well, who knows what he was doing. But whatever it was, it was the result of years of prep. Writers also prep themselves with years of reading and thinking and talking and so on. But in the moment of doing, I think we have to admit that something magical and inexpressible and irreducible is going on. And that this moment is what distinguishes an interesting writer from a dull one. And what distinguishes this interesting writer from this other one over here. And what I find exhilarating is that we don’t have to worry too much about what exactly that magical thing is — we don’t have to reduce it or own it or be able to explain it. We just have to be able to do it. Our job isn’t to describe that state, but to learn to get there, and occupy it, using whatever tricks we’ve learned to get us there."
- George Saunders, interviewed in Poking A Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers by Mike Sacks