Jean Stein: Some people say they can’t understand your writing, even after they read it two or three times. What approach would you suggest for them?
William Faulkner: Read it four times.
Jean Stein:You mentioned experience, observation, and imagination as being important for the writer. Would you include inspiration?
William Faulkner: I don’t know anything about inspiration because I don’t know what inspiration is—I’ve heard about it, but I never saw it.
William Faulkner, The Art of Fiction No. 12.
This conversation took place in New York City, early in 1956 (by Jean Stein)