The Saturday Writing Quote — creativity and anxiety

back of the house“Creative acts begin with anxiety. Scared or uneasy? Build a fire, write a ghost story like The Shining, compose a song like Coltrane’s “Alabama,” cook a nine-course meal to show love. One difference between the artist or performer and a person who suffers from anxiety and is disabled by it is that the creative individual managers more routinely to use the worrying to inspire action.”
– Scott Haas, Back of the House: The Secret Life of a Restaurant (2013) A food writer and clinical psychologist looks inside the mind and kitchen of a top chef — Tony Maws of “Craigie on Main” in Boston.