Alec: And I know you would think having done this the way I’ve done it and having worked on the things I’ve worked on, that worked the way a lot of them worked, that at a certain point I would go, “At this point, having done this 20 plus years, I kind of know what I’m doing.” I don’t feel like that at all. I feel like I know less now about how to do it than I did when I started. What I know is I think I have a better idea of what doesn’t work.
So, I can look at something that 20 years ago I might have looked at something and I might have said, “Yeah, I think that’s pretty good.” Now, I’ll look at it and go, “This doesn’t work, and here are 50 reasons why. That’s no good. This is no good. That guy shouldn’t be this way, that guy shouldn’t be this way, she shouldn’t be talking like that.”
Craig: Suddenly, the channel for success becomes incredibly narrow.
Alec: Yes. But I don’t know any better now how to make things work. I just am much better at identifying flaws.
Craig: You just see all the mines in the field.
Alec: So, it gets harder and harder as I do it. Not easier and easier.
Obviously, if I’d heard this sooner, a snippet of it would have gone on my dispatch about how writing never gets any easier…
Oh one more: