Friday, October 15, 2010

Feeling Instead of Thinking

"Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things."
- Ray Bradbury

I guess I'm on a Ray Bradbury streak. That guy can inspire a stone to be wind. 

The quote above illustrates the true attitude of a writer. If we meddle too much with our thinking during the writing process, we miss inspiration in its act of glory. We are shutting off the wells to our creativity. This is because writing is more about feeling, than thinking.

Like music, one can tell when something doesn't sound right. Unless you are tone-deaf. And there are tone-deaf writers. But not only is that rare, but it is entirely possible to overcome that barrier. 

So, instead of thinking about your writing, listen to your writing. How does it feel when you say it out loud? Feeling in this case is not emotional, but a sense of innate judgement as to what contains beauty or not. 

Your aesthetic radar is as natural as your ear. You just need to start listening - truly listening. 

                       P.S. This book looks interesting --->

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