“The important thing is not to stop questioning.
“Curiosity has its own reason for existence.
“One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.
“It. Is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little more of this mystery every day.
“Never lose a holy curiosity.”
Someone once asked Albert Einstein where all his ideas came from. Einstein looked puzzled and replied that he’d really had only one idea. And what an idea! It was curiosity that kept him transfixed by the laws of matter and curiosity which ultimately led him to the Theory of Relativity. Curiosity counts!
And how about the amazing Thomas Edison. Someone once asked him what it was like to experience 10,000 failures as he searched for the key to making light last. His reply? I didn’t fail 10,000 times—I learned 10,000 ways how not to make a lightbulb. What incredible curiosity he must have brought to that challenge day after day. Curiosity counts!
The same is true for us as writers.
Curiosity fuels creativity.
When we’re curious, we chase down ideas that others might let slip away and play with them until they grow and become almost real.
When we’re curious, instead of getting frustrated when we hit a thorny plot point, we get fascinated—we come up with ingenious ways to get over, around, or through it to make our stories stronger.
When we’re curious, we create characters and give them a life of their own, and then see where they lead us. Sometimes, the results surprise even us!
When we’re curious, we’re open to what our stories want to become. We’re willing to shape and reshape them until we finally reach the point where they feel whole and true.
Let’s be like Einstein—let’s “never lose a holy curiosity.” Write on!
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