Malcolm Gladwell is a smart man. Tipping Point, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, he wrote all of them and you should read all of them. So when Malcolm speaks, I listen, you should too. Check out the video below courtesy of Big Think.
Question: What advice do you have for aspiring writers? (3:50 mark)
Malcolm Gladwell: This I think is true, not just of writers, but of anyone who is in a creative space, that you have to reverse the normal human tendency, which is to edit.
… So I think that is a kind of… That embracing of messiness and understanding its contribution to the creative process is something that writers and creative types, artists, whatever have got to cultivate, have to learn to be comfortable with. Because it goes against a lot of our kind of instincts and training as kind of educated people.