On Crowds

Creativity doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It’s also not a process that happens in absolute solitude. We need other people in order to remain creative. Sometimes we can feed our creative energy by simply going out to wander about in crowds.

Crowds not only offer us creative energy, we can also gain ideas by people watching. As a writer, much of what I write is based on watching the habits and behaviors of other people.

I know crowds are not always something we want to purposefully wander into. For me, I have moods. Sometimes crowds make me nervous and I want to escape. I avoid crowds when I feel that way. But at other times, I feel perfectly comfortable wandering about where there are large groups of people. Sometimes, I’ll purposely go out and walk about simply to watch people.

Wandering in crowds has led me to observing and meeting some interesting characters, a few have even wound up in books, poems, and songs. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.