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

Artistic temperament sometimes seems a battleground, a dark angel of destruction and a bright angel of creativity wrestling.- Madeleine L’Engle

The Balcony

The Balcony


8 responses to “Creativity

  1. Jae

    Do you really agree with Bradbury’s quote? Or maybe he means a different kind of thinking. I love sitting and pondering my story, replaying scenes in my head over and over until I get them right. One of my favorite things is sitting and thinking. What are your thoughts on the matter?

    • As writers its very important to think about the scenes we scribble. It helps us to focus on what POV,place,emotion,time,etc.that needs to be used for the story.

      Like you Jae, I love to visualize my scenes like a movie.I’m not sure the scene would be worthwhile without some forethought. For me Bradbury’s quote reminds me to focus my thoughts on the story.To simply take the creative process and move forward.To not focus on insecurities that the idea is terrible, the characters are boring, or no one is going to read it.A person can say, “I’m going to write a book.” Start the steps, then get trapped by simply doing nothing about it.Self-doubt settles in.They allow their idea to fizzle, because they are afraid of what others will think about it.Or you can think and feel like your doing something, but in reality all you did was sit and think. I don’t want to just think and then do nothing. A writer needs to imagine, pick up that pen and write no matter what. “You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”(Ray Bradbury)

      Think I got a little carried away with my response. Jae, has your view of this quote changed?

  2. Don’t think I’ll need to worry–not a lot of thinking going on here 🙂

  3. There’s a difference between over-thinking and creative thinking.

    Hey, I nominated you for a Liebster award. Find out more here:

  4. Gregory Benson

    There’s something to be said for blurting things out and revising later. I know that to be true for making paintings.

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