When things are nearby, they’re concrete and you can see the details of the things. On the other hand, when things are far away, they’re much more abstract. So thinking about things that are near and far puts us in different mental states. When you think about things nearby, you see the details, and so when a creative idea comes along, the first thing you ask is, can it work?
[But] most creative ideas are risky and the risks are obvious when you look at the details, so when you think about it with this detail-oriented mindset, you’re more likely to shoot the idea down. On the other hand, when you’re thinking about things that are far away, you’re in a more abstract frame of mind and so the first question you ask is not will this work; you’re more open to seeing the creative possibilities.” —NPR’s Shankar Vedantam highlights some curious research on why we miss creative ideas that are right under our noses, quite literally speaking. This is why the incubation stage of the creative process, where you step away from the problem at hand, is so important in producing the subsequent illumination stage. (via explore-blog)
Transcript and a beautiful reading here.
I just hung this in the studio so I wouldn’t forget, wouldn’t get lazy. This is your time on earth. This is it. One shot. Paint the painting you’ve been wanting to paint these last few years. Write the book or the speech or the poem that’s going to define a new genre. Dream big. Think big. Fall in love with grandeur and acknowledge how badly you want it (I want it to, and so does he and so does she… We all want it. How awesome is that?). This is no time to waste. No time for indecision. This is your life. Exhaust yourself in its possibilities. Live fully.
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(drawing picture used was drawn by kaethe-butcher)
A beautifully written daily post by my dear friend Lily. I especially like this one :)
There are two Lilys.
Not in like a cool your-twin-appears-when-you’re-17-and-your-whole-life-you-thought-you-were-an-only-child-and-now-there’s-two-of-you-Parent-Trap sort of way.
The two Lilys: Future Lily and Present Lily
Future Lily lives in a little cottage like this near…
I enjoy making small drawings to send out with orders from my shop.
Here are a few of my favorites from yesterday.
In honor of #readwomen2014 – an effort to equalize the gender imbalance in our collective reading habits – here are 14 fantastic, timeless reads by women:
- Joan Didion on self-respect
- Susan Sontag on photography as aesthetic consumerism and a form of modern violence
- Virginia Woolf on the creative benefits of keeping a diary
- Annie Dillard on presence over productivity
- Helen Keller on optimism
- Alexandra Horowitz on the blinders of attention
- Anaïs Nin on why emotional excess is essential to creativity
- Hannah Arendt on how bureaucracy fuels violence
- Jennifer Finney Boylan on what it’s like to be a transgender parent
- Anissa Ramirez on saving science education
- Jeanette Winterson on adoption and how we use storytelling to save ourselves
- Dani Shapiro on the pleasures and perils of the creative life
- Virginia Woolf on how to read a book
- Susan Sontag on literature and freedom
Artwork above by Joanna Walsh