I'm still poring over the words Jeannine Atkins blogged the other day.
She was writing about poetry, but her thoughts could apply as easily to
other forms of writing. For example: "We want readers or onlookers to
feel a bit off-balanced, because that means they’re awake." Also: "The
end of a poem may be found in its beginning, with its inspiration and
uncertainty." Well, I recommend just reading the whole thing.