“I had found by experience that putting things down on paper helped to clear the mind in precisely the same way as . . . an eggshell clarifies the consommé or the coffee, which, of course, is a simple matter of chemistry. The albumin contained in the eggshell has the property of collecting and binding the rubbish that floats in the drk liquid, which can then be removed and discarded in a single reeking clot: a perfect description of the writing process.”
Alan Bradley, Speaking From Among the Bones (New York: Delacorte Press, 2013), p. 216.