Eleanor Catton: Structure Liberates Creativity

(Joseph Campbell's) The Hero with a Thousand Faces had a huge impact on me when I read it, I suppose about five or six years ago now and really shaped the way I see narrative ... on the one hand, it might seem as though having a kind of structure in place or a pattern in place would be restricting or constraining but my experience actually was  ... that the pressure of having to conform to the pattern actually enabled me to start thinking creatively how I could best use it to my advantage ... it provided the box ... you know out of which, the 'think outside the box' saying ... you need a box first in order to think outside of it ...

- Interview with Booker Prize winner, Eleanor Catton on The Bat Segundo Show