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Ibsen’s three drafts

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Henrik Ibsen

Before I write down one word, I have to have the character in mind through and through. I must penetrate into the last wrinkle of his soul. I always proceed from the individual; the stage setting, the dramatic ensemble, all of that comes naturally and does not cause me any worry, as soon as I am certain of the individual in every aspect of his humanity. But I have to have his exterior in mind also, down to the last button, how he stands and walks, how he conducts himself, what his voice sounds like. Then I do not let him go until his fate is fulfilled.

As a rule, I make three drafts of my dramas which differ very much from each other in characterization, not in action. When I proceed to the first sketch of the material I feel as though I had the degree of acquaintance with my characters that one acquires on a railway journey; one has met and chatted about this or that. With the next draft I see everything more clearly, I know characters just about as one would know them after a few weeks’ stay in a spa; I have learned the fundamental traits in their characters as well as their little peculiarities; yet it is not impossible that I might make an error in some essential matter. In the last draft, finally, I stand at the limit of knowledge; I know my people from close and long association—they are my intimate friends, who will not disappoint me in any way; in the manner in which I see them now, I shall always see them.

Henrik Ibsen

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November 4, 2014 at 9:06 am

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Wayne Coyne

Some of our best music has always been done when we didn’t want to do it. “We’ve already done it—I don’t have any ideas.” And then that’ll be the thing that has everything about it. So I never stop. Just because we’re tired and don’t have any ideas doesn’t mean that something great might not happen.

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, to The A.V. Club

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November 4, 2014 at 7:30 am

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