“There are architects and gardeners. The architects do blueprints before they drive the first nail, they design the entire house, where the pipes are running, and how many rooms there are going to be, how high the roof will be. But the gardeners just dig a hole and plant the seed and see what comes up. I think all writers are partly architects and partly gardeners, but they tend to one side or another, and I am definitely more of a gardener. In my Hollywood years when everything does work on outlines, I had to put on my architect’s clothes and pretend to be an architect. But my natural inclinations, the way I work, is to give my characters the head and to follow them.”—
“"El reportaje era para mí un género literario. Yo llegué al periodismo con vocación y aptitudes de escritor. Lo que hice fue aplicar al periodismo las mismas técnicas de la literatura. No hay otro secreto que ése".”—Gabriel García Márquez, sobre el periodismo, y el reportaje.