You've probably heard of David Mitchell. He wrote, among other things, Cloud Atlas and, most recently, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Brilliant writer and, it turns out, smashing fella. Take, zum beispiel, the following interview:
I especially like the part where he talks about seeing yourself as a writer, how it's gradual. Also how you have to leave the sociopathic bitch that is your next project alone until you finish your current.