Writing tip: Bernard Malamud

This week's writing tip comes from Bernard Malamud in the excellent book Daily Rituals by Mason Currey. About Malamud, Currey writes the following:

The novelist and short-story writer was, in the words of his biographer, Philip Davis, a "time-hunted man." Malamud's daughter remembers him being "absolutely, compulsively prompt" throughout his life. (...) This obsessive punctuality served him well as a writer. (...) Malamud always found time to write and apparently never lacked for discipline. "Discipline is an ideal for the self," he once said. "If you have to discipline yourself to achieve art, you discipline yourself."

"Eventually everyone learns his or her own best way. The real mystery to crack is you."