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MFA [19 Jan 2013|05:53pm]

George Saunders on the time spent in an MFA program:

"The chances of a person breaking through their own habits and sloth and limited mind to actually write something that gets out there and matters to people are slim." But it's a mistake, he added, to think of writing programs in terms that are "too narrowly careerist....Even for those thousands of young people who don't get something out there, the process is still a noble one -- the process of trying to say something, of working through craft issues and the worldview issues and the ego issues -- all of this is character building, and, God forbid, everything we do should have concrete career results. I've seen time and time again the way that the process of trying to say something dignifies and improves a person."

This is from "George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year" in the New York Times Magazine, January 6, 2013.

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Another variation [19 Jan 2013|08:03pm]

I've heard a lot of variations of this advice, about how important it is to view mistakes as a positive thing during any creative process. This version is attributed to John Lasseter, a founder of Pixar: "Be wrong as fast as you can."

(Read in 'Be Wrong as Fast as You Can' in the New York Times Magazine, January 6, 2013.

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