Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

“Today I don’t have to be careful…”

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As a writer, I’ve tried to train myself to go one achievable step at a time: to say, for example, “Today I don’t have to be particularly inventive, all I have to be is careful, and make up an outline of the actual physical things the character does in Act One.” And then, the following day to say, “Today I don’t have to be careful. I already have this careful, literal outline, and I all have to do is be a little bit inventive,” et cetera, et cetera.

David Mamet, Some Freaks

Written by nevalalee

July 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

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