In life, you can be three things: The magician, the audience, or the trick.
The magician knows it all, does, it all, says it all. It is magic, but not mystery.
The audience sees it all, hears it all, but knows nothing. The pleasure lay in ignorance.
The trick listens, the trick responds, the trick works. It is in limbo, with aspects of both the audience and the magician. It knows a little, but can’t do much. It sees a little, but can’t see all. There is magic in it as an instrument and awe from it at what it can do.
The process of writing has these elements: the magician, the audience, the trick.
There is someone who knows all, does all, and says all. There are people who see all, hear all and know nothing. And there is always, most vitally, someone who knows a little, but can’t do much, sees a little, but can’t see all, and is an instrument and a tool in awe of its own uses. That someone would be the trick-better known as the author.