As I charge headlong toward my deadlines, I’ve been picking away at Bambi vs. Godzilla by David Mamet, the legendary screenwriter and playwright. This series of short essays about “the movie business” makes for easy reads in the snippets of time I can scrounge up in the course of a day. His style doesn’t suit my tastes, but I enjoy his insights and, as I said, the bits are bite-sized at best.
One footnote hit me hard:
A traditional recipe for genius: inspiration, a plan, not enough time.
Not that I’ll claim genius, but that’s exactly how the creative process—and much of my best work—goes for me.