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 …
4 replies on “The Blank Page”
Oh dear Colin. I think I just woke up my wife laughing out loud. No. Raucously cackling. And she’s one floor away…
Have you heard the one about the two actors who played chess …?
Dear Colin, I am now, unbelievably, 80. I have a very Clear idea of what 80 is, and I am not it!
Peter Whelan: how good to know him. I’ve directed The Accrington Pals twice (NIDA and WAAPA）。I have seen The Herbal Bed in two different productions. A great playwright.
A Chorus of Disapproval went pretty well. More of that anon
Love to you both, Terry