27 March, 2009

"The Great Paradox of Creativity"

The Screenwriting Centre:

" When my college creative writing teacher asked me about my sloppy essay, I explained myself in clear terms: “I am a writer. Therefore, I must be completely free to create.” It sounded reasonable then, and maybe you agree with me now. After all, the “right brain”—the inner artist—operates at peak creativity when the “left brain”—the inner critic—is otherwise occupied or relaxed. Thus, it only stands to reason that we writers are most creative when no constraints or restrictions are placed on our writing. Right?

Well...not necessarily.

The great paradox is this: Constraints cultivate creativity.

It’s true that your inner artist may grow frustrated by intrusions from your inner critic, but outside parameters are just the challenge your right brain relishes. Imposed parameters can be inspiring! "

Article in full


Désirée said...

Interesting. It is a bit of a paradox. I've never thought about it that way.

But the "sloppy essay"-case it rather felt like the writer in question had done a poor job and not done the best.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe in total freedom for the artist. Left on his own, free to do anything he likes, the artist ends up doing nothing at all. If there's one thing that's dangerous for an artist, it's precisely this question of total freedom, waiting for inspiration and all the rest of it.