Listen to episode 213 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Becoming a Creative Writer | Learning to See Again. Adapted from Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande.
Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: The genius keeps, for all their days, the vividness and intensity of interest that a sensitive child feels in its expanding world. Many of US keep this wide-eyed interest well into adolescence; but very few mature men and women are fortunate enough to preserve it in their routine lives.
Most of us are only intermittently aware, even in youth, and the occasions on which adults see and feel and hear (with every sense alert) become rarer and rarer with the passage of the years. Too many of us allow ourselves to go about wrapped in our personal problems, walking blindly through our days with our attention all given to some petty matter of no particular importance.
The true neurotic may be engrossed in a problem so deeply buried in their being that they could not even tell you what it is that they are contemplating, and the sign of their neurosis is their ineffectiveness in the real world.
Even the most normal of us allow ourselves to become so insulated by habit, that few things can break through our preoccupations except truly spectacular events: a catastrophe happening right before our eyes, or our indolent strolling blocked by an unexpected parade — in other words, it must be a matter which challenges us in spite of ourselves.
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