“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see. C.S. Lewis
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Hmmm. . .I Just Thought It Was Me!
"Creative people's openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment. Most would agree with Rabinow's words: "Inventors have a low threshold of pain. Things bother them." A badly designed machine causes pain to an inventive engineer, just as the creative writer is hurt when reading bad prose."
From Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, published by HarperCollins, 1996 Psychology Today, Jul/Aug 96Last Reviewed 14 Oct 2008Article ID: 109
Growing up I had the hardest time finishing books. I'd get half way though and give up. I thought there was something wrong with me? Except, I could easily finish a book if I loved the style of the writing. In fact, if it was written beautifully I could read a manual for astrophysics or heart surgery. Finally, it hit me, there isn't anything wrong with me--I'm just picky about the caliber of the written word. Personally, I'm not a very good musician, but I do love music. For me, the computer keyboard becomes my piano and the paper my score. A piece of prose should sound as good to the ear as it does to the soul.