The State of Flow

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I was scanning articles/poems I wrote more than a year ago, before stashing those away in labelled folders. Epiphany struck, that I cannot write the same pieces again. It is like the thoughts filtered in from somewhere else, while I was just a medium banging the keyboard.

It is what we call the state of ‘flow’, where one derives maximum output with minimum input. I see that as a major difference between writing prose and poetry. Prose requires a structure, a construct with application of the conscious mind and hence, necessitates a higher degree of effort. Free verse in poetry is an uninterrupted flow, and does not need a push. It just oozes out of your being, and takes a creative form on a device.


One can find different definitions and examples to explain ‘flow’ in a dictionary or thesaurus.

Wikipedia describes it as

In positive psychology

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