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Books Creativity Writing

‘I think it’s important in creativity to understand the value of hesitation’

“I think it’s important in creativity to understand the value of hesitation, to not be in a rush, to pull back and pause — not because you’re blocked, not because you don’t know what to do, but just to let things enrich themselves.”

Ian McEwan
Books Life & Philosophy Psychology Quotes Writing

‘You break experience up into pieces…’

“You break experience up into pieces and you put them together in different combinations, and some are real and some are not, some are documentary, and some are imagined…It takes a pedestrian and literal mind to be worried about which is true and which is not true. It’s all of it not true, and it’s all of it true.”

— Author Walter Stegner in an interview with Richard Etulain

Fact or fiction, our lives are but are an amalgamation of experience and imagination, neither of which explains the factual nature of our origins. Context fence-sits to prove no foreseeable answer, one that needs no seeking anyway.

The above quote is lifted from the afterword in Wallace Stegner’s novel Crossing to Safety, a highly recommended read.