I will tell you what I have learned myself. For me, a long five or six mile walk helps. And one must go alone and every day.
I learned...that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.
The imagination needs moodling,--long, inefficient happy idling, dawdling and puttering.
It is only by expressing all that is inside that purer and purer streams come.
I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten, - happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.
Even if I knew for certain that I would never have anything published again, and would never make another cent from it, I would still keep on writing.
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