Creative Constraints

What I find the most interesting about human creativity is the way we feel obliged to make things harder for ourselves.

It’s not enough to string words together in an interesting way; you have to have a form and make it a sonnet or haiku or villanelle or sestina.  Ribbing to make the cuffs tight isn’t enough; knit into the backs to make twisted rib, because it looks more interesting.  You have a lot of scraps already, but get donations from your neighbors so that you never use the same fabric twice in the top.  Write a novel without using the letter E.


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