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#1 - January 05, 2013, 06:02 PM
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That was excellent, Ellen--refreshingly honest. Thanks for sharing it.
#2 - January 05, 2013, 06:19 PM

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Really liked it. Thanks for sharing!!
#3 - January 05, 2013, 06:22 PM
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"Be wrong as fast as you can."    Wow, how that attitude frees up a creative spirit.  This might be my new mantra.
#4 - January 05, 2013, 06:31 PM
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Nice, Betsy. Thank you  :cheers:
#5 - January 05, 2013, 07:06 PM
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Just  the thing I needed to read before heading into an afternoon of revising!  :thankyou
#6 - January 06, 2013, 09:12 AM

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Thanks for sharing this!
#7 - January 06, 2013, 02:20 PM
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Thanks, Betsy. Writers understand this article: I wish non-writers did, too - or at least tried.
#8 - January 06, 2013, 02:50 PM

Wow, so many good quotes. I especially like this one:

"A promiscuous imagination like this is dangerous for writers. As an editor, I can see that clearly. I know that the next brilliant brainstorm is never going to be the one that will just write itself, any more than the last one did."

and this:

"Ideas, in a sense, are overrated. Of course, you need good ones, but at this point in our supersaturated culture, precious few are so novel that nobody else has ever thought of them before. It’s really about where you take the idea, and how committed you are to solving the endless problems that come up in the execution."

I so needed to hear that! That makes me feel so much better about how really, truly awful my book is sometimes. Makes me feel like it's not necessarily a permanent state of being; I can make it NOT really, truly awful. I can even make it GOOD.  ::-)

Thanks for sharing, Betsy!
#9 - January 07, 2013, 10:57 AM
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Nice article, thanks for sharing Betsy.
#10 - January 07, 2013, 02:04 PM

John Lasseter's "Be wrong as fast as you can" quote in the article cited here inspired me to track down the original interview in which he said it. The conversation includes a great overview of stories in general, but if you want to get to the part that relates to that quote in particular, it starts at about the 47-minute mark:

http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/12024
#11 - January 07, 2013, 02:29 PM

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Love the article!  Very inspiring! Thank you!  :whitebunny
#12 - January 08, 2013, 05:51 PM
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Love this - thanks for sharing it!
#13 - January 08, 2013, 06:04 PM

Amaris already posted this but I have to second it -- THIS is an incredible reality check:
"A promiscuous imagination like this is dangerous for writers. As an editor, I can see that clearly. I know that the next brilliant brainstorm is never going to be the one that will just write itself, any more than the last one did. Ideas, in a sense, are overrated. Of course, you need good ones, but at this point in our supersaturated culture, precious few are so novel that nobody else has ever thought of them before. It’s really about where you take the idea, and how committed you are to solving the endless problems that come up in the execution."
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I saw this in Sunday's Times and was really inspired by it. Thanks for posting it. I'll bet it will help a lot of people.
#15 - January 08, 2013, 06:21 PM

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