November 28, 2012

No Artifice, Part Three

Posted in Flow, flow in writing, music and writing tagged , , at 3:14 pm by Rebecca Hein

As noted, simple work frees the brain so it doesn’t interfere with the spontaneity of a good idea. In music we play easy pieces. What’s the equivalent in writing?

How about telling your own story in the first person? Never mind whether or not you think it will interest others. The point is to give yourself a no-effort writing exercise to find out what happens when the words are flowing.

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November 14, 2012

No Artifice, Part Two

Posted in flow in writing, music and writing tagged , at 2:42 pm by Rebecca Hein

Our best writing often emerges when we aren’t even trying. Ideas spin out of us with no effort, and our sentences disentangle themselves as they go.

How can we create these ideal conditions? In cello playing I’ve learned that an essential component is to play easy pieces. When I’m floating through a piece that I can play without thinking, my mind relaxes, and with this release of control, I enter that zone where my work travels on its own momentum and therefore goes best.

November 7, 2012

No Artifice, Part One

Posted in Creativity, self-consciousness tagged , , at 1:17 pm by Rebecca Hein

In cello playing, the best results are almost always obtained through a complete lack of control. This assumes that you’ve practiced your pieces to perfection so that your reflexes, when set free, will perform with no restrictions, not even the effort to get the notes right.

Practicing also goes better when you let your muscles work with as little interference as possible from your conscious mind. Thus you’ve created the conditions for natural motions, unimpeded by artifice.