Category: Writing

Arts Life & Philosophy Writing

Tying together the world’s attention triggers

Walking with our steady cam, our eyes scan the world. See enough, we write it down.

The more we get down, the more connections we can make — the more disparate items we can intermix the better.

Should we not lace anything, we wait. We given the brain a night’s rest so it can untangle shaggy shapes into coherent bodies of thought.

All of a sudden the ideas come without asking for them, all by turning off.

Reality is a catalog of attention triggers. It is our job to draw analogies across divergent subjects.

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A retrospective report

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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. Age is didactic — it compels us to notice and thereby prevent the patterns and vices we originally pursued.

The creative part of us gets tired of waiting. Or just gets tired.

Mary Oliver

We may have to live things twice in order to figure out what to do next. The coexistence of both hope and despair push us through the messy middle.

From the cave to the smartphone and onto the next magical widget, the fun is in the hunt to use the tools of today to look back and figure out what's on the other side of the rainbow.

Photo by Mr. Bingo

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Arts Creativity Productivity & Work Writing

A still inchoate creator

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gif by Sharon Liu

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 serotonin over the short-shock dopamine.

They're the ones that embrace vulnerability. They dance with fear while building up the bicep of the brain. Confidence speaks as if it were alone, dying to go public.

The barrier lies within the self. It tries to impede greater personal growth. You are your own worst enemy of nuclear insignificance.

To wait in the ambiguous middle while everyone else flies by on the racetrack of certainty.

You have to do the work now, because you don’t have forever.

Spike Jonze

Doing the work is a conscious anxiety-ridden habit, but it can run with it like a GIF loop. Chances are if you did it yesterday you can do it again today.

The race to patience is on. It's settling that's the problem.

Creativity Writing

Writing is the best app

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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

Quality is less important than the repetition — you can always go back and review it later.

When's the last time you got talker's block?

Writing is creating. It's an art, like painting and drawing where the end-game is clarity, abstraction, or intricacy weaved together.

It's not the writing that bogs down writers. It's the editing. It's the painful process of crawling through the brain dump you just took on paper and then polishing it for publication. As the Marines say, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”

So why write if the process hurts so bad?

“Why write? To write. To make something.”

Claude Simon

More on writing: The Blank Canvass

Creativity Productivity & Work Writing

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 version of productivity.

When it comes to painting, songwriting, and any other artistic vocations, nothing gets wasted. Scraps and shitty rough drafts lead to the best answer.

Sensible work gets us paid. Yet, when we photograph everything, we look at nothing. Without propelling the imagination and putting work on the canvass, we are just waiting for the next rebound under the basketball hoop rather than looking how to score.

Creativity Productivity & Work Writing

V is for vulnerable

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Shake it up. The only reason to play it safe is to blend in. But the artist wants to be vulnerable.

Unsure of their work but certain of their originality and passion, the maker prides themselves on self-expression. They’d rather show their work then let it sit in the tiny backwater of the internet.

Art can appear egotistical, but it's more of a sign of individuality and wakefulness.

The will to feel alive runs through the canvass. Grounded in the moment, creators strive for originality and the quality of the experience.