In a writer’s life…
So, what is flow? In Mihaly’s own words from a Wired Magazine interview,”Being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”
Anyone who has pursued a hobby all their life—like playing the guitar, running, writing, cooking, solving puzzles, even reading—should find it pretty easy to relate to this.
According to Mihaly’s research, the key aspect to achieving flow is our ability to control our consciousness and immerse it activities that are autotelic, i.e. activities that are self-contained and done without the expectation of some future benefit, but simply because the doing itself is the reward.”
Don’t you just love this description? It so captures the experience of passion, of losing one’s self to the moment of writing, of loving, of doing and being.