So don’t try to take control of your idea too early. Begin by letting it take control of you. You will be needing all your capacities for organization and judgment and mastery soon enough. For now, let whatever has stirred inside you gain strength. – Stephen Koch, The Modern Library’s Writer’s Workshop

But be careful. If you are like me, your first instinct will be to try to “take control” of a new idea, to assert yourself, to “turn this into something.” Yet at this early stage, it may be a mistake to treat your idea too aggressively. – Stephen Koch, The Modern Library’s Writer’s Workshop

The whole process of writing, from first to last, requires that you alternate steadily between a passive, open, daydreaming intuitiveness, followed by workedout, thought-through, fully developed acts of judgment and control. – Stephen Koch, The Modern Library’s Writer’s Workshop

As a writer, you are using your words to turn your unknown into what you know – Stephen Koch, The Modern Library’s Writer’s Workshop

But at the time it was important, and madness is not to be underrated. Madness in the appropriate place and at the service of an aesthetic ideal can help you get to higher ground sometimes. – Bruce Springsteen