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Do Great Writers Rely More on Effort or Insight?

Updated on June 1, 2009

As a writer, I believe that it takes insight to produce effort to accomplish a successful piece. So many times, when I'm on a roll with ideas, it seems effortless, and the words flow readily because of what I'm thinking. Now with effort alone, you can find yourself stuck in a rut trying to write something. When you make yourself sit down and write ANYTHING, that shows. While there are some people who can spew out a book a week, great for them. The rest of us have to focus our energy on the many ideas that come into our heads at any moment. I am captive to the creative monster stuck in my head. The insight he gives me is often times the drive I need to write a popular article. I don't believe such work can come from just sitting and expecting effort to make me creative.


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