Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.
The best advice I can come up with is this: Keep your living expenses LOW. The smaller you live (materially-speaking), the bigger you can live (creatively-speaking). This way the stakes aren’t so high…you aren’t demanding of your passion that it keeps you living a rich life. Then you can stretch and grow with the most possible freedom. This was my strategy in my 20’s, and it’s the reason I worked really hard to avoid all debts, and to keep my lifestyle really manageable. If I’d been saddled with a big life, I don’t think I ever could have found my way forward to the freedom I have now.
Lots of things resolve themselves just by being in the drawer a while.
In his writing tips, Max Sebald echoes T. S. Eliot’s notion of idea incubation and the concept of unconscious processing in creative work, something iconic designer Paula Scher has captured aptly in her slot machine metaphor for creativity.
More famous advice on writing here.
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For a long time, the church had had an effective monopoly on the intellectual life in Europe. Publishing was something that involved copying manuscripts. … Suddenly, there’s a new technology on the block. And the church sees this as a threat. So the church sees a combined attack — from the printing press and the Protestant Reformation — [and that] is really the thing that instigates the third Inquisition. … This is the Inquisition that puts Galileo on trial. … It’s the Inquisition that starts the index of forbidden books.
Image of the Gutenberg Bible via History.com
The Möbius structure of relationships, one of David Byrne’s hand-drawn pencil diagrams of the human condition