Longevity conquers scandal every time.
I never cared what kind of grade I got.
I've never shown anybody a draft of anything.
Most of my inspiration, if that's the word, came from books themselves.
I took five years on the first volume, five years on the second volume, and ten years on the third volume.
People make a grievous error thinking that a list of facts is the truth. Facts are just the bare bones out of which truth is made.
I ran into Ku Klux Klan and the threat of hurricanes, and those two things made me decide not to build on the Alabama coast, so we came back to Memphis.
I began the way nearly everybody I ever heard of - I began writing poetry. And I find that to be quite usual with writers, their trying their hand at poetry.
And I'm a slow writer: five, six hundred words is a good day. That's the reason it took me 20 years to write those million and a half words of the Civil War.
I think making mistakes and discovering them for yourself is of great value, but to have someone else to point out your mistakes is a shortcut of the process.