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The Value of Preparation

Today it occurred to me that I had just done preparation for the preparation for tonight’s writing session based on preparation I had done based on preparation based on preparation based on preparation.

I guess you could say I like to be prepared. Or you might say that this kind of OCD will never substitute for true creativity. And I would agree except for the creative value preparation has in and of itself — where ideas tumble out, for both content and form.

I do agree that preparation must always segue into presence; when you are at the desk, the notes you have taken are not as important as the place you are in. Or as Bob Dylan says, “You always got to be prepared but you never know for what.”

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