Saturday, 8 August 2009

Merlin Mann and the Creative Struggle

Merlin Mann runs a site called 43 Folders. Or he used to a couple of years ago, when it was a hub of lifehacks and productivity tips and just general process-oriented stuff. But then he went offline, or underground, just stopped being a public figure for an online community which was getting all jazzed about the paraphernalia and fetish objects surrounding GTD.

When he came out the other side, it was as a less polished and more authentic speaker and writer, given to swearing and to confessing his gradual progress in the great game of creativity. He began to talk more about human weakness and foibles, particularly when it came to creating fresh material.

Merlin talks about doing and not doing creative work:
The Sound of Young America

(Backup link here also, because stuff sometimes breaks.)

In a lot of ways the struggle to create touches on the same problems faced in the struggle to live a good life, or the struggle to actually start or to finish things we care about. It's good to see someone chuck in their professional facade and take the deeply risky step of talking about things they're not all that sure about, but think are important enough to put forward anyway.

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