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May 15, 2018

The Best of ‘The Writer’s Brain’ Part One: Creativity

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.

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

The Show Notes: