Much of my recent work has been focused on creativity. It’s something I’m truly passionate about. Creating something out of nothing can be extremely beneficial in multiple ways.
Frequently, you’ll hear that creativity is all about connecting novel ideas in the brain to form something new and exciting. Maria Popova of BrainPickings.org explains creativity like this:
The ability to connect the seemingly unconnected and meld existing knowledge into new insight about some element of how the world works. That’s practical creativity. Then there’s moral creativity: To apply that skill towards some kind of wisdom on how the world ought to work.
However, in order to use your existing knowledge, you have to remember it first. This is where things like journaling really come into play. I loved Maria’s breakdown of why creative work hinges on memory here, particularly, this part about Mozart:
Mozart, she notes, called this his “bag of memories” — a mental reservoir of experiences and impressions “accumulated during the childhood years of intense wonder, a source to which many creative people return again and again.”