Dolly Parton, Lying on the Floor and Learning to Do It on Purpose

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I was recently invited to serve on a panel discussion exploring creativity where a college student in the audience asked: “What does creativity mean to you? How do you generate new ideas?” I jokingly responded that sometimes creativity is lying on your floor for an hour agonizing over making the first move on a new project. I said this not so much to share an embarrassing moment in my process as to hopefully illustrate that being creative outside the framework of school can be hard and that there’s not always a clear path.