Nick Hornby touches on this theme in his reading diary:
“But there comes a point in the writing process when a novelist—any novelist, even a great one—has to accept that what he is doing is keeping one end of a book away from the other, filling up pages, in the hope that these pages will move, provoke and entertain a reader.”
Source: Nick Hornby, The Complete Polysyllabic Spree, London: Viking, 2006, 73.
A review of The Complete Polysyllabic Spree can be found at the site, Reviewing Books and Movies.
Image: “filling up pages…”