On writing, part 2

From "TransAtlantic," by Colum McCann:

The elaborate search for a word, like the turning of a chain handle on a well. Dropping the bucket down the mineshaft of the mind. Taking up empty bucket after empty bucket until, finally, at an unexpected moment, it caught hard and had a sudden weight and she raised the word, then delved down into the emptiness once more.

Perfect. Simply perfect.

On writing

This is from David Mitchell's brilliant novel Black Swan Green. A perfect description.

I felt giddy with importance that my words'd captured the attention of this exotic woman. Fear, too. If you show someone something you've written, you give them a sharpened stake, lie down in your coffin, and say, "When you're ready."