Benjamin Zander and Reducing the Impulses

Sometimes it helps to cross-train with artists from other disciplines. Today, a TED talk from conductor Benjamin Zander.

As always, he is a delight. He transforms the way we see classical music. And, I hope, the way my students see the craft of writing.

“Observe his performance of Chopin,” I tell them. As writers, what can we take away?

But first, a few quotations to ponder.

Throes of Creation by Leonid Pasternak  (Public Domain)
Throes of Creation by Leonid Pasternak

“The desire to write grows with writing.” (Desiderius Erasmus)

Get started and watch what happens.
Learn from Mikey: “Try it, you’ll like it.”

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you grow.” (E.L. Doctorow)

Writing is all about discovery.
What lurks in your creative mind?
If you don’t start writing, how will you know?

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” (Benjamin Franklin)

So don’t be stupid.
Because stupid is a choice.

“Everyone who works in the domain of fiction is a bit crazy. The problem is to render this craziness interesting.” (François Truffant)

Guess what? If you write a boring story, it’s kind of your fault.
And Benjamin Zander would agree.

Come discover why ‘Reducing the Impulses’ is important.
How can we do the same thing with our writing?

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