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.

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