Best Thing I Read Last Week about Creativity

by laura didyk

This, in the words of George Saunders, in the recently published profile of him in the New York Times, and an addition to TJ’s post on “counting” and “what counts” (notice the double appearance, and importance here, of the word “trying”): 

Even for those thousands . . . who don’t get something out there, the process is still a noble on—the process of trying to say something, of working through craft issues and the worldview issues and the ego issues—all of this is character-building, and, God forbid, everything we do should have concrete career results. I’ve seen time and time again the way that the process of trying to say something dignifies and improves a person.