November 18, 2011

I posed a question on various writer group sites as follows: Is the Muse for genius talent the same as for us lesser mortals? The best answer was that the Muse for the genius type is different because of FOCUS.  I once personally knew a bona fide young physics genius, and he confessed that his favorite thing to do was to sit and think all day. His thinking was focused with excruciating intensity. Have you ever been given writerly advice that you resisted? But then you focused hard and deep, much more so than usual, and concluded that the advice was absolutely sound. I submit that geniuses have laser focus.

Arundhati Roy, the great Indian author of “God of Small Things” for which she received the prestigious British Booker Prize said , “We must learn to see slowly.” Now, that is focus.