Stop Chasing “Childlike Creativity”

peter pan not necessaryMy latest for Ploughshares Literary Magazine:
What all the “Increase-Your-Creativity-By-Getting-Back-to-Your-‘Childlike-Wonder’!!” advice gets wrong–about creativity AND children.

“Great writers create like adults who choose to shape new ideas in the midst of suffering, who play as a means of confronting reality. Great writers are those who wonder because of what they know, not in spite of it.”

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