Writing is about hypnotizing yourself into believing in yourself, getting some work done, then un-hypnotizing yourself and going over the material coldly.
Creativity is paradoxical. To create, a person must have knowledge but forget the knowledge, must see unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder, must work hard but spend time doing nothing as information incubates, must create many ideas yet most of them are useless, must look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different, must desire success but embrace failure, must be persistent but not stubborn, and must listen to experts but know how to disregard them.
Ti-Grace Atkinson pointed out … that there is an enormous gap between what one can do and what one can imagine doing. Humans have what she referred to as a “constructive imagination” which, though obviously a blessing in some ways, is also a source of great frustration. For it provides a constant tease of imagined accomplishments and imagined threats—to neither of which are we physically equal.
Don’t expect to get anything back, don’t expect recognition for your efforts, don’t expect your genius to be discovered or your love to be understood. Act because you need to act.
Art is edited truth—edited to give it shape, rhythm, speed and punch…Art is skill in the service of passion.
All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
Our fears are more numerous than our dangers, and we suffer more in our imagination than in reality.
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
If you’re not failing all the time, you’re not creating a situation where you can get lucky.
Writing isn’t just a job that stops at six thirty. It’s a mad, sexy, sad, scary, ruthless, joyful, and utterly, utterly personal thing. There’s not the writer and then me; there’s just me. All of my life connects to the writing. All of it.