Your Writing is a Horse

What if your writing were a horse? And what if you didn’t have to chase it down and manhandle it?

Kafka said if you could only be still–“just learn to be quiet, still, and solitary. And the world will freely offer itself to you unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”

Enjoy Koelle Simpson’s TED talk and be kind to your inner horse.

What works for you in approaching your writing more gently?

Koelle Simpson TED talk on YouTube (screenshot of Koelle and horse)


Text © Gwyn Nichols 2012. All rights reserved.
Image: YouTube screenshot

Friday Flick: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson TED 2006
Sir Ken Robinson TED 2006: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson, author of Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative, and The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, spoke at TED a few years ago about how we’re born creative until we unlearn it. If you know a child who can’t sit still (and which of them can anymore?), you’ll love the story of Gillian Lynne.

It’s time to unlearn our unlearning. Even Robinson’s second edition of Out of Our Minds turned into a far more extensive revision than he expected because the world had changed so dramatically. We can’t even imagine what’s next, and yet we’re preparing children for that future.


Text © Gwyn Nichols 2011, All Rights Reserved.

Photo: screenshot from YouTube.

Friday Flick: “If I Should Have a Daughter”

Between sharing two of her own polished pieces, poet Sarah Kay shares her own creative emergence and that of her students. She suggests listing ten things you know to be true. Try it. See what you could write that only you could write.

Sarah’s also a great example of reaching out for mentoring and passing that on.

Sarah Kay at TED
Sarah Kay at TED