Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
Szent-Gyorgyi was a physiologist credited with discovering Vitamin C,
but this quotation gets to the heart of what it means to be a writer, too.
In fact, when reading it I immediately thought of something Marilynne Robinson told me (paraphrased):
Most experiences are unremarked. The tendency in writing is to focus on the already evaluated
and already delineated. Instead, as a writer, aspire to bring to the forefront the unobserved.
Every story has already been told; it’s the telling that makes each different.