Just discovered this on the flap of a book I'm entering into archives, by Clements Ripley from 1942:
"As to my writing methods," says Mr. Ripley, "I sit down and look at a piece of paper and wonder who ever told me I was a writer. I never start a story without feeling that everything I wrote before was pure fluke. I write and revise and tear up and rewrite..."
Just my thoughts,