Don’t get it right, get it written. – Anon
Ideas can be shy, the best of them, the good ones.
And there’s a difference, do you agree, between the mental white-noise that goes on, and an actual lightbulb moment? And they come in different shapes, sizes and guises, they come from who-knows-where. And you never quite know … whether it’s minced recycled lower mind you’re dealing with, or elevated inspiration. All you can do is follow and find out.
I’m writing a book, I’ve got the page numbers done. – Steven Wright
I heard a story from Peter Whelan once. He was a British playwright. I’d just been commissioned to write a play at the time. Here’s how the dialogue went:
Peter: I was working on a play. This was on commission too. I didn’t have the ending. It just wouldn’t come. Then, one day I was walking along in Leicester Square, and I had this idea. And the idea was so tremendous, so extraordinary, that I actually staggered. Staggered I did. At the enormity, the profundity, the grace.
Peter: So I rushed home – and do you think I wrote it down? I didn’t. No. I went to bed. Slept well too. And in the morning …
Me: (Aghast) … It wasn’t there?!
Peter: No, it was still there, it just wasn’t any good.
He got through in the end, and he wrote some smashing plays.
I love being a writer, what I can’t stand is the paperwork – Peter de Vries
That stuff about the perspiration/inspiration ratio …
Writing: the coal-face alright, when it’s just you, the subconscious and the keyboard …