Some knowledge in the press today from my dear friend and neighbor, Will:
“Alicea says over and over again that he is grateful for having cancer. When he was in the hospital, so many people came to see him and treated him with compassion because they thought he would die. He said that did two things. It opened his heart, but made him realize that compassion was in short supply.
‘I got news for you,’ he said. ‘You’re going to die, so is he, so is she. So why are you not compassionate to them? Or to that person that pissed you off?’
During the past few months, Alicea has been filling his notebook with observations. One of them reads, ‘Cancer is a blessing and a responsibility.’ While cancer is the scourge of modern man, he says it’s made him into a messenger.
‘I feel like it’s a duty to walk a message and not talk a message,’ he said. ‘I want to take all of that love and radiate it back to people.’”
(i) The ideas occurring when in the glow of inspiration are (a) briefly noted down and (b) checked.
(ii) (a) The subject is worked upon immediately, the thinker being wholly absorbed by it to the exclusion for the time being of everything else, or (b) The subject is set aside to develop and is then worked upon after an interval of time has elapsed, (c) the first draft of the completed work or half of it perhaps is put aside to ‘mature’ for a while; then it is again revised before publication.
(iii) Working at two or more subjects concurrently.
(iv) Working up the imagination to the state of vision and sometimes an audition.
(v) Trusting to feeling (or intuition, instinct).
(vi) Procedure when baffled by a problem; namely, laying the work aside and turning to something else. This process may be repeated many times during the course of a long work of any kind.