Category Archives: creative children

The Creative Moment, Part Four

When an idea hits your gifted child, the ability to carry through may or may not be present. Thus, in cello practice, when Annette discovered how to use her bow better, this didn’t immediately translate into better playing. On the … Continue reading

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The Creative Moment, Part Three

When my daughter, Annette, then approximately seven, hit on a great idea for practicing the cello, she could think of nothing else. For hours she’d sit in her room, working out this idea, and all her talk about it dominated … Continue reading

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The Creative Moment, Part Two

When a gifted child gets an idea, whether for a story or for some other project, that energy burns white-hot until some of it is discharged in pursuit of that project. Wise parents allow free play of this energy because … Continue reading

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The Creative Moment, Part One

Experienced writers know that their first drafts are often their best. Not necessarily in grammar, style, or punctuation, but in form and spirit. Our freshest ideas have life and power that fades, if only slightly, as we meddle with them. … Continue reading

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Trying Impossible Things: The Process

When I practice the cello, I never try to recover what I did best the day before. Instead I let all those remembered sounds and sensations float around in my head until they come clear again. In letting go of … Continue reading

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When Your Gifted Child Tries Impossible Things, Part Three

Annette was well prepared for the “project that never ends” by her years of cello lessons starting when she was two. The nature of musical proficiency makes your skill always a work in progress even if you’re a virtuoso. So … Continue reading

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When Your Gifted Child Tries Impossible Things, Part Two

At age twelve, Annette became so interested in history and indepth research that she decided to go through The Timetables of History, item by item, and make a reading list for each separate entry. The energy behind this effort was … Continue reading

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