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Eight Things I (Re)Learned Editing Travel Anonymous

Sometimes having no limitations is the hardest obstruction.

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To paraphrase the late novelist E.L. Doctorow., “[Making a movie] is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights but you can make the whole trip that way.”

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In other words, the only way out is through.

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It’s hard to be spontaneous if you’re clinging to the some vague notion that what you’re doing is wrong. If you let yourself fail extravagantly, you might succeed beyond expectation.

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“The first draft of anything is shit.” – Ernest Hemingway

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The unconscious mind loves to work out problems. You may feel doubt and uncertainty but your brain is busy untying knots.

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Write down insights and ideas immediately. You’ll forget them otherwise. Seriously, you will.

The simple answer comes last, after you’ve worked your way through all the rest. It’s like sculpting: you only see the shape once you’ve removed the excess.

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