Joyce Carol Oates, who certainly knows something about creative accomplishment, comments:
“It’s bizarre to me that people think that I am ‘prolific’ and that I must use every spare minute of my time when in fact, as my intimates have always known, I spend most of my time looking out the window (I recommend it).”
How do you use your time to encourage your creative imagination?
In her post If you don’t value your imaginative life, no one else will, author and writing teacher Lisa Rivero notes that some of how she uses her 24 hours each day “might look to the outside world like frivolous fun, downtime, anything but work: reading the writing of others, making notes for future projects, networking with other writers, staring out the window, taking a walk while listening to the latest New Yorker fiction podcast (something I highly recommend), even writing blog posts.”
She explains this is all “part of what Joyce Carol Oates calls the imaginative life” (from Oates’ book The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art):
“All the desks of my life have faced windows and except for an overwrought two-year period in the late 1980s when I worked on a word processor, I have always spent most of my time staring out the window, noting what is there, daydreaming, or brooding…”
Continued in my post: Developing Creativity by Staring Out the Window
Goofing off and daydreaming to develop creativity
In his post “In Praise of Goofing Off,” psychologist Dennis Palumbo notes, “Some people call it puttering, or screwing around, or just plain goofing off.
“Others, of a more kindly bent, call it day-dreaming.
“Kurt Vonnegut used the quaint old term ‘skylarking.’
“What I’m referring to, of course, is that well-known, rarely discussed but absolutely essential component of a successful creative person’s life — the down-time, when you’re seemingly not doing anything of consequence.”
From my post More Goofing Off and Daydreaming: More Creative Thinking
[also source of the photo.]
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