If you don’t try, you can’t fail!

Or, perhaps it’s better to say this as: If you don’t know what you’re doing, then you can’t be doing it wrong.

I was thinking this morning about creativity and goals — and how my favorite form of creativity is freewriting or free-sketching, that is, writing or drawing whatever comes to mind without thinking of any larger goal or end-point. To try is to attempt to do something, to accomplish some goal, meet some standard. One may try to write a novel or draw a portrait. But t0 try to make a novel is to set up a comparison between what one actually writes and the ideal novel one has in mind. This not only makes it hard to value or recognize originality in whatever one does write, it also probably doesn’t help even with following the model.

So instead, if one lets go of trying to do something and one just writes, whatever gets written is at least free from the burden of being compared to a finished work. If one doesn’t set out goals beforehand, one may discover something completely new!

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