“[John Fowles] and I discuss fans’ letters which ask for advice.  His is, briefly: ‘Those who need to ask how to be a writer will never make it.’  Mine, to married women wanting to be ‘a writer like you’: ‘You need to be a very, very selfish person.’  No doubt households, hitherto peaceful, are being widely disrupted where the wife has taken my advice.”

Antonia Fraser.  Must You Go? My life with Harold Pinter.  New York: Doubleday, 2012.  116.