Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Carrying your ideas with you

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Michael Atiyah

I’m a bit of a jack of all trades, I suppose. I don’t specialise in any one. I pick up a bit here, a bit there, and if I find a connection between them, I get excited…

I’m not the sort of person who does my mathematics writing on paper. I do that at the last stage of the game. I do my mathematics in my head. I sit down for a hard day’s work and I write nothing all day. I just think. And I walk up and down because that helps keep me awake, it keeps the blood circulating, and I think and think.

The main thrust of your thinking can only take place in big chunks of time, not only for hours but for days, weeks, you carry these ideas with you. You go out for a walk and you take your ideas with you. You go on a bus, you take a train, even when you go to sleep you wake up in the morning and you’ve got this enormously complicated set of ideas with you for long periods, maybe even for a year or two.

Michael Atiyah, to The Guardian

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November 22, 2015 at 7:30 am

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  1. It is amazing what creative things come to our minds and at the oddest times. I know when I have writes block I ask God to help me. Once I pray I set the writing aside and I start to do something else. If I am at home I clean. When I rearrange a room and clean I get a whole new perspective on life and the little blessings I have. Some of the greatest writers in history had day jobs and then wrote on trains, on lunch breaks, and in between scrubbing floors and changing diapers.

    Acting Out For Love Corp.

    November 22, 2015 at 8:17 am

  2. Washing the dishes works best for me.


    November 22, 2015 at 7:59 pm

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