Sunday, 16 January 2011

Mostly Solitude

Good advice on being creative by achieving a balance between solitude and participation, of course from zenhabits 

I'm having a nice relaxing day reading some posts from my favourite blog writer Leo Babauta

The best art is created in solitude, for good reason: it’s only when we are alone that we can reach into ourselves and find truth, beauty, soul. Some of the most famous philosophers took daily walks, and it was on these walks that they found their deepest thoughts.

The Little But Really Useful Guide to Creativity

Here are a few from Leo's list.

Shut out the outside world.

Reflect on your life and work daily.

Look for inspiration all around you, in the smallest places.

Start small.

Just get it out, no matter how crappy that first draft.

Don’t try for perfect. Just get it out there, asap, and get feedback.

Ignore the naysayers.

But let criticism help you grow.

Apply things in other fields to your field, in ways not done before.
Write all ideas down immediately.
Get out, move, see new things, talk to new people.
Get lots of rest. Overwork kills creativity.

Don’t force it. Relax, play, it will start to flow.

Allow your mind to wander. Allow distractions, when you’re looking for inspiration.

Then shut them off when you’re going to create.

Do it when you’re excited.

When you’re not, find something else to be excited about.

Don’t be afraid to be stupid and silly.

Small ideas are good. You don’t need to change the world — just change one thing.

When something is killing your creativity, kill it.

Stop reading creativity advice, clear away everything, and just create.

Most of all, have fun doing it.

"Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius."
Sir Edward Gibbon

For Gemma xxx

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