Edward Carey, “Drawing Inspiration,” The New York Times ()

This is how I make a book: by hiding from writing by drawing, or the other way around. …

So much of the business of writing is spent in avoiding it in a hundred different ways, and drawing is another of these. I push the computer away, get out the pad, sharpen the pencil and a nose starts to appear. (I always start with the nose, it’s in the center of the face.) And then, fairly quickly, someone is there in front of me. Ah, there you are. Who are you?