Welcome back to a special edition of The Writer Files called “The Best of the Writer’s Brain,” a series neuroscientist Michael Grybko and I started in 2015 where I enlisted his help to give us a tour of the inner workings of the writer’s process.
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Q: Have you ever wondered how prolific writers summon vast stores of creativity without breaking a sweat?
As we take a short Summer hiatus to book new guests for the upcoming season, I thought I’d put all of these enlightening episodes in one place, starting here …
In Part One of the series I invited my friend, research scientist Michael Grybko — of the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington — to come on the show and help pinpoint where exactly in the brain creativity lives.
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In this file Michael Grybko and I discuss:
- How science is expanding our definition of creativity
- Why memory plays such a big part in writing
- Where creative ideas come from
- Whether or not you can teach an old writer new tricks
- Why staying curious is so important to creativity
- How prolific writers are like pro athletes
- Why the adage “write what you know” is sound advice
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