The idea for a book, the beckoning fair prospect of it, is the dream; the writing of it is the breakfast-table recitation, groping, approximation, and ultimately, always, a failure. It was not like that at all. To write a novel is to betray it

Michael Chabon, on Finnegan’s Wake. Sam sent me this quote, and I’m not sure if it’s a reminder to keep writing or a reason to give up.