This is one of my favorite quotes from Stephen King’s IT. It’s from Richie “Trashmouth” Tozier remembering how he got his overactive brain to work for him instead of against him, and it’s pretty dead on. It’s the best advice I can ever remember reading on how to write… or how to do just about anything.
…[H]e had begun to understand the great principal that moved the universe, at least that part of the universe that had to do with careers and success. You found the crazy guy who was running around inside of you, fucking up your life. You chased him into a corner and grabbed him, but you didn’t kill him. Oh no, killing was too good for the likes of that little bastard. You put a harness over his head and then started plowing. The crazy guy worked like a demon once you had him in the traces. And he supplied you with a few chucks from time to time. That was really all there was, and that was enough.