Material to hone

It starts with something to play with. Then it builds into an enormous flower of connections and surprises. The problem isn’t speeding up — it’s calming down the circuits of the brain that are overworked and over-wired. A prompt here, a rough sentence there, stock phrases, we inject certainty onto the page. But the dominance […]

A retrospective report

We take a retrospective report, this time with the prospect of various viewpoints. When we look back at our own history, it only makes sense now. It’s never lucid at the time. Today’s mirror emits a story that can’t tell a lie. While the future prohibits knowledge, gathering experience increases one’s attentiveness toward ambient hints. […]

A still inchoate creator

The blank page doesn’t write itself. It stares at you, pleading for you to quit and move on to something else. Those who persist pace themselves into unfamiliar territory. A big bang does no artist any good. What matters is not the end result, but pushing through in a gradual approach. Creators strive for long-term […]

Writing is the best app

I have a brain training app — it’s called writing and it’s the hardest thing I do. The code of writing is practice. You can’t possibly get writer’s block if you force yourself to publish something every day. “Writer’s block is a phony, made up, BS excuse for not doing your work.” Jerry Seinfeld, Reddit AMA […]

Creativity is a fancy version of productivity

People confuse busyness with productivity. Answering emails all day is mostly a waste of time, as is instant messaging co-workers. Doing something — typing into little boxes all day — fulfills the human desire to feel useful. Similarly, people often perceive what artists do is an unnecessary use of time. But creativity is a fancy […]