I just looked in an old notebook of mine. Written right after I got back into writing.
In July 2007 I wrote:
"The process of writing well--hell writing at all--is hard enough w/o having to make stuff up. That's why I feel fiction is almost all the way up near the top of that literature mountain. That's the one I'm trying to climb that has poetry at its unreachable summit."
Shows you what I know.