The sad truth is, there’s very little that’s creative in creativity. The vast majority is submission – submission to the laws of grammar, to the possibilities of rhetoric, to the grammar of narrative, to narrative’s various and possible restructurings. In a society that privileges individuality, self-reliance, and mastery, submission is a frightening thing.
2 thoughts on “Samuel Delany on creativity”
That’s our Delaney. Always looking on the bright side.
Absolutely true, write what you write and an editor won’t like what you say, so it’s back angry frustrating changes Grrrr :(