Friday, 7 January 2011

What inspired us to write.

Jack Kerouac, literary iconoclast.

 I'll quote Dr Fay B Nash first

"What a man really wants is creative challenge with sufficient skills to bring him within the reach of success so that he may have the expanding joy of achievement".

Amen to that.Similar notable quotes can be found attesting to the importance of creativity over control. Unfortunately our societies relegate creativity to back room exhibits where they can be controlled.

The mindset that sees creativity as a taboo was born and imprinted through an education system that drove the fear of God into us for making mistakes-singing to the tune of Law and Order. 

A deepset sociological fear grips the developed world churning out more menial "economically strategic" workers than creative vibrant individuals.

Writing finds its zenith in times of enforced uniformity, regimentalism or oppression: in school, in prison, in emotional entrapment.  The individual often finds themselves obliged to conform to institutional values hyperbolic to the state.

Writing is an act of will against order. At the same time the writing process is one of ordering meaning from chaos to create a new order-the ideal. The writer often succumbs to give up their bohemian spirit.

 So all writers begin as idealists and end in cynicism.

See the Harvard Business Review blog for an amusing anti-creativity checklist for companies.

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