“Creativity is inexhaustible”

From today’s Advice to Writers:

“Creativity is inexhaustible. Experiment, play, throw away. Above all be confident enough about creativity to throw stuff out. If it isn’t working, don’t cut and paste – scrap it and begin again.” JEANETTE WINTERSON

I confess: I cut and paste. Mostly cut, although I’m trying to learn new ways to paste—or to move and transform. But start completely over? Maybe sometimes, but then I mine all versions to patch something together—and sometimes that works, or I think it does.

I play at pushing words around, play at line breaks, but that play could become pushing past my boundaries. And even though everything is saved on paper or on the computer, I still feel like I’m stepping off the cliff. I guess that’s the point—step of the cliff.

How about you? Do you experiment with a deleting there, inserting here? Or do you sweep it all away and start fresh? Does it depend on the project? Or the mood you’re in?

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