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Creativity & Time & The Infinite Monkey Theorem

Creativity & Time & The Infinite Monkey Theorem

A fun and interesting short video about creativity and the pressure of time has been making the rounds of writers and illustrators. (By KreativMagazin) I share it here with you. One thing I do wonder about, though, is that the kids in the video were essentially made to stay at their desks and work on the task at hand. If I am given unlimited time to create . . . I wander off into other activities that momentarily catch my attention, like washing dishes or doing the laundry. Perhaps I need to hire someone to make me stay at my desk.

On the other hand: there is the infinite monkey theorem which (According to Wikipedia)  states “that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare.

In this context, “almost surely” is a mathematical term with a precise meaning, and the “monkey” is not an actual monkey, but a metaphor for an abstract device that produces a random sequence of letters and symbols ad infinitum. The probability of a monkey exactly typing a complete work such as Shakespeare’s Hamlet is so tiny that the chance of it occurring during a period of time even a hundred thousand orders of magnitude longer than the age of the universe is extremely low, but not actually zero.”

Hmm . . . so let me get this straight. If NaNoWriMo was infinite I could be Shakespeare!

 

It’s an enjoyable video and gives one pause for thought.  Enjoy!

Shutta

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: 6 Famous Novels Penned in Under a Month

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: 6 Famous Novels Penned in Under a Month

 

For those of us doing NaNoWriMo check out this nice blog article from Mental Floss (link below) about 6 novels that were written quickly. Perhaps it will inspire NaNoWriMo participants to keep on keeping on!

mental_floss » 6 Famous Novels Penned in Under a Month.

 

Shutta

(Who has made it so far  . . . through the first week. Only three more weeks to go!)

 

Revision: are two heads better than one?

Revision: are two heads better than one?

I’m meeting this afternoon with the talented and lovely Karen Simpson (Author of Act of Grace , a book for adults.), to brainstorm a program we’ll be doing in December at the Ann Arbor District Library on revision. This has been specifically scheduled to follow NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — in November. We’re planning early, and it’s sure to be a fun program. So get it on your calendars early–especially if you are thinking of doing NaNoWriMo!!  And we’ll see . . . will two heads (authors) be better than one?

 

Karen’s book:

 

Ciao!

Shutta