Setting goals isn’t always the best creative move

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If you do any creative work (and I’m assuming most Critical Margins readers do something creative) you’ll recognize what researcher Kenneth Stanley calls the “objective paradox”: According to Christie Aschwanden over at FiveThirtyEight (“Stop Trying To Be Creative”), the objective paradox is the feeling that “as soon as you create an objective, you ruin your ability to reach it.” This hampers the creative process, which requires “blind searching” and “an openness to discovering whatever arises.”

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Take A Walk. Your Writing Depends on It.

Walk in the Woods

Writers have known for years how important walking is to fostering the creative process. Now science backs it up.

On those days when my writing isn’t coming to me (like today, to be honest) I take a long walk. Sometimes I go on a run. During that walk (or run) I think through the problems I’m having and figure out why I’m stuck.

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Do Schools Kill Creativity? [Video]

Schools Kill Creativity

Recent education debates center on testing and classroom development, and in higher education, on MOOCs. But is the real issue that schools kill creativity through standardization?

Schools Kill Creativity
“Empty Classroom” | Max Wolfe | flickr

In this 2006 TED Talk, Sir Ken Robinson talks about the role of creativity in our modern economy. In particular, he points to how schools prioritize academics, and certain types of academic programs, over creative activities.

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curiosity

This quote, and the article by Aaron Swartz, empowered me to get some writing finished up this morning. I wanted to share it with everyone. Happy reading/writing!

Photos from the 23c3 in Berlin, Germany. Photos from the 23c3 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rethinking Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek: Maybe He’s Not an Asshat

Fitter...Happier
Image credit Brian Caldwell, flickr creative commons
Image credit Brian Caldwell, flickr creative commons

I’m in the middle of major life reorganization. Two weeks ago, I moved from Illinois to Central Florida, as I mentioned earlier. Since that move, I’ve also started transitioning to full-time freelance editing. I used to teach full-time while editing and writing on the side. Now I hope to flip that: edit and write full-time and teach fewer classes each semester.

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