Creativity requires some daydreamy blue-sky thinking. It also requires going down the rabbit hole after things that interest you, even if you don’t yet understand why these things that are calling to you are immediately relevant.

The results of creativity require discipline.

These two aspects of writing are sometimes at odds. When is reading and daydreaming and chasing after sparkly things (things that are suddenly fascinating) a necessary part of the creative process that is unlocking new ideas and resolving story problems? And when is it self-indulgent procrastination?

Honestly, I pretty much can’t tell until after the fact.

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