Barraged by dozens of gigabytes of information each day, the mind of the contemporary writer can be stimulated to the point of creative shutdown. But writers throughout history have grappled with distraction, and understanding the tendencies of the artistic mind may be the first step to opening space for creativity to flourish.
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