“I don’t want to go into my dreams, thank you very much.”

Posted on February 14, 2011

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“if I say art doesn’t come from the mind, it comes from the place you dream, you may say, ‘well, I wake up screaming in the night. I don’t want to go into my dreams, thank you very much. I don’t want to go into that white-hot center; I’ve spent my life staying out of there. that’s why I’m sitting in this classroom, why I was able to draw a comb through my hair this morning. because I haven’t gone there, I don’t go there. I’ve got lots of ways of staying out of there.’ and you know what? you still need those ways twenty-one or twenty-two hours a day. but this is the tough part: for those two hours a day when you write, you cannot flinch. you have to go down into that deepest, darkest, most roiling, white-hot place — it can’t be white-hot and dark at the same time, but I don’t care — that paradox, live with it — whatever scared the hell out of you down there — and there’s plenty — you have to go in there; down into the deepest part of it, and you can’t flinch, can’t walk away. that’s the only way to create a work of art.”

Robert Olen Butler

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