“You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.”
“What mood is that?”
“Active procrastinators…deliberately delay tasks and feel challenged by approaching deadlines. … a little bit of panic or threat is not an issue.
Active procrastinators will always deliver. They are better at planning but not so good at getting stuff done early when they have lots of time. They work better under pressure though. You could argue that, it’s their way of justifying putting things off.”
Alcohol and writing.
An infographic from The Expert Editor (via Galley Cat) explores the connection.
On the paralyzing effect of “concrete, defined plans for life,” the glory of change, and the liberating power of play and experimentation.
“The talents and weaknesses we are born with get in the way if we allow them to determine what we can and cannot do. The only thing you really need to be good at is the ability to train yourself to get better.”
— Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh (with a nod to Xunzi), from “The College of Chinese Wisdom,” The Wall Street Journal, Review, Sat.–Sun., April 2–3, 2016
“Having fun and letting yourself play can be the key to unlocking that box and freeing your creativity from the beliefs you don’t even realize are keeping you trapped inside.”
— Anne R. Allen, from the post “We are All Prisoners or Our Unexamined Beliefs: Is a False Belief Holding Back Your Writing Career?”
There might be more to all this clutter.
“What Victor and others with his dementia can teach us is that the key to creativity might lie in our ability to suspend conscious scrutiny, if only for a moment, and just let the mind wander.”
“Dementia and the Keys to Creativity” by Dr. Sternberg, The Wall Street Journal, Review, Saturday/Sunday, February 20–21, 2016