I always felt there were three steps in writing:
The first step, which is the anticipation of writing — wonderful, because there you are with an abstract idea, and you’re quite sure that you can do it, and it’s going to be quite wonderful, and you can visualize all the wonderful sales, the interviews, the reviews; you start to write your Nobel acceptance speech. And so that’s great, because there’s nothing real there, in the anticipation of writing.
Number three is the other end of that, having finished — and that’s a wonderful feeling, because number two is an agony all the way."
— 50 years after writing The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster reflects on writing and the anxiety of the creative process. (via explore-blog)
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