Creative Pursuit Period

“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” — Albert Einstein

Today begins a period of creative pursuit.

Although Einstein specifies reading as the diversion that may lead to lazy thinking, he does not prescribe writing as the cure. However, writing provides me the most likely avenue of creativity. I sing, but don’t carry a tune. I draw, but rarely and only out of curiosity. I dance, but only to the amusement of my family.

At the moment, each day I plan to work in four genres in an attempt to keep my interest and drive:
  • Writing Practice – 1000 words. Using a topic from Natalie Goldman’s book “Writing Down the Bones” as a starting point, I will write uncritically, creatively.
  • Blog – 250 words. For the time being this will be experimental. The “pros” suggest that a blog should have a focused niche market. For now my blogging will use the old style of journal or workbook. Not a log of activities, merely a commentary on what seems important to me.
  • Fiction – 750 words. This may be only a bit less free-form than the Writing Practice. If I write 750 words per day, the result may be three short-story length pieces.
  • Non-fiction – 500 words per day. No topic yet.
Big challenge: ten pages per day. What would it take to jam this out for a month?

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