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“Well, you just figure that your mind is like a sieve. You’ve got to get inspiration from somewhere. When you’re walking through the world, looking at things, talking to people, and reading things, any time, you jump on it. I’ll tell you, here’s the thing about writing: just about any good story starts out as a half-baked story. If you get an idea that doesn’t go anywhere, instead of just giving up in disgust, file it away, because you never know, you might be able to get that angle back later.

You need to get something going in your mind where all of these stories are different states of being there. If you get enough of those going, and you’re working on something, hopefully there will always be one story that’s almost ready to go when you need to come up with a story, but you need to keeping fueling the old brain pan with ideas, so that’ll happen in confluence and thing will be there for you. That leads into another thing, which is, part of writing stories is that you need to be able to use your subconscious mind better, so it’s working in concert with your conscious mind, so you can turn those ideas into a useable story product.”

—Kim Deitch (cartoonist), in an interview with the Daily Cross Hatch

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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