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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Quote on creativity

As those who have studied creativity know, breakthroughs occur when focused, rational thought and activity are followed by a period of release. This is why we get up from our desks frustrated and exhausted, decide to shower and—bing!—there's the answer.

– Julia Cameron


  • From experience, I find this to be very true. Although I haven't tried taking the shower to solve problems, whenever I'm stuck I find that it's good to walk away from the problem and do something else for a while. This could be going for a walk or getting something to eat. Inspiration occurs when your patient and you give it enough time.

    By Anonymous Johan Cyprich, at 3/19/2007 12:41 AM  

  • Hi Johan - yup, actually that's why she also highly recommends daily walks!

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 3/19/2007 12:56 AM  

  • That's pretty true!
    I usually have the Bing! when i shave my self in the early morning :-).

    By Blogger sys.out, at 3/20/2007 6:04 AM  

  • I've actually heard of people putting a grease pencil in their shower to write down there notes.

    I certainly have drawn UML diagrams on the steam covered wall.

    By Anonymous Ed Gentry, at 3/20/2007 6:25 AM  

  • sys.out - ha!

    ed - heh - Crayola sells bathtub crayons, which might be useful for your boxes and arrows!

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 3/20/2007 11:06 PM  

  • Which book does Julia Cameron say that quote? I'm interested in reading it, or any other books of hers that you recommend.

    By Anonymous Johan Cyprich, at 3/22/2007 1:17 PM  

  • Hello Johan - It's from Vein of Gold. And it's making me write my autobiography! It's really super (and challenging).

    And I'd say its left-brain counterpart would be GTD (which I'm sure you know about).

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 3/22/2007 9:29 PM  

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