Two Ways of Writing

I have two ways of writing. One is a programmed way: I know what I’m going to say and I write it and that’s third-rate stuff. The wonderful thing is when I get on a certain beam that hits the level of mythic inspiration. From there I know about three words ahead what I’m going to say. When the writing’s going like that I know I am in the groove … it feels like riding a wonderful wave.

-- Joseph Campbell
“Mythic Reflections: An Interview with Joseph Campbell by Tom Collins,” In Context – A Quarterly of Humane Sustainable Culture, Winter 1985/86 (Copyright © 1986, 1997 Context Institute), p. 52
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