If I have to push my mind to go in a certain direction that is not intuitive, it can no longer imagine freely. It's more like a committee throwing out ideas for a whiteboard marketing strategy.
Just as a pianist runs his scales for ten years before he gives his concert: because when he gives that concert, he can’t be thinking of his fingering or of his hands; he has to be thinking of his interpretation, of the music he’s playing. He’s thinking of what he’s trying to communicate. And if he hasn’t got his technique perfected by then, he needn’t give the concert at all.
I often ask myself what makes a story work, and what makes it hold up as a story, and I have decided that it probably some action, some gesture of a character that is unlike any other in the story, one which indicates where the real heart of the story lies. This would have to be…Read more