“A work in progress quickly becomes feral. It reverts to a wild state overnight … it is a lion growing in strength. You must visit it every day and reassert your mastery over it.”
—Annie Dillard (via briankeene)
Not that you need to be a saint to have visions worth talking about. The most effective prescription, I suspect, is to be a disciplined sinner. Perfection, as Valéry noted, is work.
“I think selfishness in most artists masquerades as a discipline.”
—Norman Dubie, from The Clouds of Magellan, a Santa Fe Literary Center Book (Recursos Press, 1991)