All writing is pigshit. Those who attempt to turn any part of the mind into words on a page – are pigs.
The old novelists like Scott were always writing their way out of debt...laudable...a valuable attribute for a writer is tenacity. So William Seward Hall sets out to write his way out of death. Death, he reflects, is a kind of spiritual bankruptcy. One must be careful to avoid the crime of concealing assets...a precise inventory will often show that the assets are considerable and that bankruptcy is not justified. A writer must be very punctilious and scrupulous about his debts.
Writing is born from and deals with the acknowledged doubt of an explicit division, in sum, of the impossibility of one's own place.