[When you’re writing] . .. You’re meditating on your own text that you wrote on Wednesday. You look at it on Thursday and the trick is to get free of whatever you used to think about it and see what it actually is. So in some small secular way, I think that’s a form of meditation — to be open to whatever energy your text is actually presenting as opposed to what you think it’s presenting. It’s a way of being more awake to things.
Getting Out of Our Normal Crap: George Saunders on Writing and Transcendence (from here)
Steve Paulson interviews George Saunders