Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Quote of the Day

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We must be on our guard against that feverish state called inspiration, which is often a matter of nerves rather than muscle. Everything should be done coldly, with poise.

Truman Capote

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December 21, 2011 at 8:00 am

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  1. Interesting…I remember a post where you said it is important for a writer to distance himself from his writing, to be indifferent.

    Do you think this applies to all forms of inspiration? I think a little bit of ‘irrational’ passion can be crucial for creativity…Does the indifference only apply to its execution?


    December 22, 2011 at 12:02 pm

  2. I think there’s a place for both at the proper time. I still think the process needs to end in coldness, but there’s certainly room for some irrational passion along the way!


    December 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm

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