Posted by Peg in South Carolina
Meg wrote about this topic near the end of last year. This is how she began her post:
“Which brings me to this point I've been thinking for a while. You know there is this big movement, most vocally in the Julia Cameron/New Age/Oprah universe, to free ourselves from constraints and let the Artist do as s/he pleases. Gazillion writers have called it by gazillion different names, but you know what I mean. Follow the muse; that kind of thing.”
Go here to read her entire post.
This kind of thinking that Meg is talking about here always upsets me. Yes, in my search for I-don’t-know-what, I have read lots of this stuff, including most of Julia Cameron’s books. And I have come to the following conclusion: this notion of creativity is terribly misleading.
Constraints are part of the game of life and no one can do what he/she pleases. Peak experiences, visions, great art, none of these comes without much preparation. Even that child-genius Mozart spent many long arduous hours studying under his task-master father before he published anything, and the first pieces he published are all imitations.
Read Geoff Colvin’s Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. Colvin is writing for the business world, but his book is must-reading for anyone interested in creativity at any level and in any area. Reading this book is the best antidote to the Cameron/New Age/Oprah fantasy that I can think of.