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I suspect that any vital creative process somehow involves arranging things so that intuition is given pride of place. The individual writer’s “craft” might be understood, then, as the process of conspiring to work oneself into the necessary state of mystification, such that one is deferring to the innate energy of the story, rather than overriding it.

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To be an artist — to be constantly imagining and reimagining this reality we move through — is not a hobby, or a half-comic loveable departure from the serious, adult business of ‘producing value’ — it is a form of training ourselves in expanding our ability to love.

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