David Allen on Pruning for Creativity

An excellent post on David Allen’s blog…

Editing is where the action is. Many an author and screenwriter I’ve met confirm this.

So, what’s the life/work equivalent of that germ of creative truth? Creativity is. Can’t help it – anything alive grows. But that growth can take on meta-natural proportion when it is facilitated…by what? Pruning. Take the sentence down to half its words. Cut the dead wood out of your team. Unhook from the non-mission-critical projects.

Go read the full post.

Stephen King has said much the same thing, about writing, in his essay Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully: in Ten Minutes – also well worth a read.