Monday, March 12, 2012


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"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things."
- Steve Jobs

This theory also applies to the theory of knowledge that I like best.  You learn facts, but you don't know about something until you can understand how those particular facts relate to other things that you know about.

What does that have to do with writing?  Good question.

Well, nothing exists in a vacuum.  You have to have experiences to know about them, to write about them.  Some writers call this "filling the well" - a way of recharging so you can write.  So, if you're feeling blocked, drained, but you want to write, try telling yourself that you'll "write later", then go for a walk, watch a movie, cook something new - have an experience.  You can't connect experiences if you're starved for experiences.

Excuse me, please, while I take my own advice :).

What have you done lately?

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