Go deep enough and we find ourselves in flow — that magical sense of being a conduit, of the thing being made through, not by, us.
This is the truest and most joyful experience of creativity. Accessing it is, paradoxically, a matter of concentration.
When novelist Jonathan Franzen is writing, he:
- takes out his computer card, so he’s not tempted by gaming.
- physically seals the ethernet port, so he can’t connect to the internet.
- wears earplugs as he writes, over which he places noise-cancelling headphones that pipe “pink noise” – white noise at a lower frequency.
- at times, even wears a blindfold as he touch-types.
How might you enable a similar level of imaginative focus for you? What sort of difference would that make to your projects?
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