Pick Reading Carefully

I read a piece over at No Rules, a favorite spot of mine by the insightful and productive writer, Jane Friedman.  She hosted Todd Henry who wrote about how we might go about choosing our inputs, choosing what we read.

While our minds are unparalleled in their capacity to experience and assimilate information, they also have a limited bandwidth for doing so. As a matter of survival, they tend to weed out information that is deemed irrelevant to our immediate needs.

However, our minds are also capable of taking random bits of input and forging brilliant connections that are not apparent on the surface. This is essentially how the creative process works—it’s the connection of multiple preexisting patterns into new solutions.

If you’re interested in reading the full piece, click here.  Any insights on how you go about choosing reading or how to make connections across diverse readings?

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