Pixar’s in-house theory is: Be wrong as fast as you can. Mistakes are an inevitable part of the creative process, so get right down to it and start making them. Even great ideas are wrecked on the road to fruition and then have to be painstakingly reconstructed.‘Be Wrong as Fast as You Can’ - NYTimes.com
Some day I am going to do a piece for the magazine on how language is taught—especially to kids who go to the kind of schools I went to as a child. You can’t just conjugate all day and get quizzed on your colors. Some of this rote learning. Some of this is osmosis. To really get the language you have to not just learn the rules, but hear someone employ them constantly, break them constantly, and then you have to try to imitate. That is what immersion is supposed to be. But we hear that word so much in foreign language education that it’s basically more marketing than anything else.Ta-Nehisi Coates, on language and reading Camus like a boss.
The longer I’ve spent writing fiction and working on dramas or whatever, I find that what you’re doing, really, is making this odd pact with your subconscious. You’ve only got so much control over it. And you’re just sending material—particular bits of material—back there to this murky part of the brain, and saying, Let’s go to work on that. And it seems, for me, to take quite a long time before the results come out. It’s odd. As a writer, when you say, “I’m going into work,” what you’re really saying is, “I’m about to go crawl into my nerves.” You’re saying to your subconscious: give me material. Send me stuff and I’ll make myself available to receive it.The Rumpus Interview With Kevin Barry
Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.