When The Writing Is Really Working There Is Something Like Dreaming Going On

When the writing is really working, I think there is something like dreaming going on. I don’t know how to draw the line between the conscious management of what you’re doing and this state. . . . I would say that it’s related to daydreaming. When I feel really engaged with a passage, I become so lost in it that I’m unaware of my real surroundings, totally involved in the pictures and sounds that that passage evokes.

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To Be A Writer Is To Write Not Waiting For The Jet Of The Blue Flame Of Genius

To be a writer is to sit down at one’s desk in the chill portion of every day, and to write; not waiting for the little jet of the blue flame of genius to start from the breastbone – just plain going at it, in pain and delight. To be a writer is to throw away a great deal, not to be satisfied, to type again, and then again, and once more, and over and over…

A-Z Quotes. 2020. TOP 20 QUOTES BY JOHN HERSEY | A-Z Quotes. [online] Available at: https://www.azquotes.com/author/6621-John_Hersey [Accessed 17 June 2020].