“When you’re making things, time goes fast.”Vera B. Williams, Scooter
I’m serious here.
Once upon a time I taught composition and rhetoric, and one of the things I’d tell my students is this: If you’re bored while writing your papers, I guarantee you that I’ll be bored while reading them. But if you are interested in what you’re writing, or even having fun—why, that quality will come through in your prose.
It can sound counterintuitive—this idea that our best work comes when we’re playing and having fun—but I’ve always found that to be the case.
If marrying the words “play” and “fun” to “work” sparks scorn, think of it more as showing the sort of keen focus and deep involvement that children show when they are playing hard. In his swell little book Keep … [more]