January 12, 2011

Creativity and Freedom, Part Two

Posted in Creativity, Improvisation tagged at 10:00 am by Rebecca Hein

Improvisation is the heart of creativity. While there’s nothing wrong with structure, especially when it emerges from a lucky accident, to impose order seems to skew the process.

It’s better to invent your procedure as you go, because then you’re inviting a better possibility than you may have yet thought of.

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September 1, 2010

Discovering the Wild Card

Posted in Improvisation tagged at 9:45 am by Rebecca Hein

The Wild Card is that mysterious force in writing that upsets all your efforts just when you think you know what to do. There’s no fighting this invisible opponent; instead you have to join with it. Only then can you expect it to work in your favor.

The fictional character that takes over your story; the unexpected new structure for your essay; the struggle to flesh out an idea that begins clearly yet refuses to travel from thought to print; these are a few of the Wild Card’s many faces.