Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Quote of the Day

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Bernard DeVoto

However useful genius may be in the writing of novels, it is not enough in itself—it never has been enough, in any art, and it never will be. At the very least it must be supported by an ability to impart shape to material, simple competence in the use of tools.

Bernard DeVoto

Written by nevalalee

July 24, 2015 at 7:30 am

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  1. genius can have a tendency to run away with itself… I think a lot of skills are useful and the genius is in deciding which ones suit your book


    July 25, 2015 at 9:06 am

  2. @scribblesfreely: Genius is the art of making choices.


    August 9, 2015 at 7:54 pm

  3. I have always felt wisdom makes good choices


    August 10, 2015 at 12:18 pm

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