Skills First, Then Creativity

Writing on the keyboard is like playing on the piano. Even without instruction you can peck at the keys and something still comes out. It may sound bad, it may not make any sense, but there’s something there to play with that you created.

The next step in starting requires refinement, that you fill in the gaps, that you learn some of the basic skills of language and sound and practice a lot so that your output makes sense to yourself and others.

Everything that’s been taught is ripe for disruption, especially when it comes to creativity. But you can’t get make good stuff until you master the fundamentals first. Even the geniuses put in some effort.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.