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Creativity – from Barking up the Wrong Tree (A Blog by Eric Barker)

Where do strokes of genius come from?

It was never a clean, linear process.

Via Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity:

Successful creators engage in an ongoing dialogue with their work. They put what’s in their head on paper long before it’s fully formed, and they watch and listen to what they’ve recorded, zigging and zagging until the right idea emerges.

What can we take away from this?

Stop expecting inspiration to deliver a finished product.

Write all your ideas down as early as possible. (It’s no surprise so many of the geniuses kept notebooks.)

Stop discarding half-baked ideas. Those crappy ideas are the good ideas — they just need work.

Don’t think your first idea is the right one. And don’t think it’s perfect as-is.

Give it time. Deadlines don’t make you more creative.

Wrestle with your ideas. Dissect, combine, add, subtract, turn them upside down and shake them.

Get ideas colliding.

Read more: Strokes of genius: Here’s how the most creative people get their ideas

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