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Words from Roald Dahl

posted May 4, 2011, 1:55 PM by Jake Spencer
"Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people."

I find the sort of TV-bashing Dahl liked so much a little odd. I can't help that find that all works of creativity are essentially the same. These quotes are about books, but they're identical to the experience I'm having right now, making a video game. For that matter, they're the same as acting, directing, drawing, sculpting, or making music.

I can do physical work all day and feel nothing, but an hour or two spent writing kills me. At the same time, it charges me with a different kind of energy. I love it.

"When you're writing a book, it's rather like going on a very long walk, across valleys and mountains and things, and you get the first view of what you see and you write it down. Then you walk a bit further, maybe up onto the top of a hill, and you see something else. Then you write that and you go on like that, day after day, getting different views of the same landscape really. The highest mountain on the walk is obviously the end of the book, because it's got to be the best view of all, when everything comes together and you can look back and see that everything you've done all ties up. But it's a very, very long, slow process."