Doing original work

Doing original work

All good things which exist are the fruits of originality. John Stuart Mill

We never think entirely alone: we think in company, in a vast collaboration; we work with the workers of the past and of the present. [In] the whole intellectual world…each one finds in those about him [or her] the initiation, help, verification, information, encouragement, that he [or she] needs. A. G. Sertillanges

Designing, creating and thinking go together. You will very rarely work out what you think first, and then just draw it. Normally the act of drawing and sketching (or pen/pencil to paper) will make an important contribution to your working out what it is that you do think and see (visualising and conceptualising). In other words, the act of drawing and sketching may often be constitutive of your thinking.

Left to ourselves we can all of us keep conflicting ideas in play almost indefinitely, selectively paying attention to what fits our needs of the moment and ignoring the tensions with what we said or thought yesterday, or the day before that. Drawing out in a systematic way is an act of commitment, a decision to firm up and crystallize what we think and see, to prevent this constant reprocessing and reconfiguring.

Hence we need to commit ourselves in black and white.

(Reference from: Dunleavy’s book on Authoring a PhD)

The above write-up actually came from this quote below. I just substituted the words accordingly. I just want to prove that there are essential similarities between designing and authoring a book, as both are creative endeavours.

Authoring and thinking go together. You will very rarely work
out what you think first, and then just write it down. Normally
the act of committing words to screen (or pen to paper) will
make an important contribution to your working out what it is
that you do think. In other words, the act of writing may often
be constitutive of your thinking. Left to ourselves we can all of
us keep conflicting ideas in play almost indefinitely, selectively
paying attention to what fits our needs of the moment and
ignoring the tensions with what we said or thought yesterday,
or the day before that. Writing things down in a systematic way
is an act of commitment, a decision to firm up and crystallize
what we think, to prevent this constant reprocessing and reconfiguring.

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