Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Philip K. Dick on a novelist’s trove of ideas

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A novelist carries with him constantly what most women carry in large purses: much that is useless, a few absolutely essential items, and then, for good measure, a great number of things that fall in between. But the novelist does not transport them physically because his trove of possessions is mental. Now and then he adds a new and entirely useless idea; now and then he reluctantly cleans out the trash—the obviously worthless ideas—and with a few sentimental tears sheds them. Once in a great while, however, he happens by chance onto a thoroughly stunning idea new to him that he hopes will turn out to be new to everyone else. It is this final category that dignifies his existence. But such truly priceless ideas…perhaps during his entire lifetime he may, at best, acquire only a meager few. But that is enough; he has, through them, justified his existence to himself and to his God.

Philip K. Dick, “If You Find This World Bad, You Should See Some of the Others”

Written by nevalalee

December 18, 2011 at 10:00 am

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  1. Great post! Thanks for sharing these words of wisdom from one of my favorite authors!

    Marc Schuster

    December 18, 2011 at 10:14 am

  2. Glad you liked it! He’s always thought-provoking…

    nevalalee

    December 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm


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