Jonathan Winters and Imagination

Jonathan2One would think that a young writer setting out in the world of writing would have an idea of what they want to write about. Sure, they often do, but then the well of ideas runs dry. No second idea. No third idea.

One of the best creative minds of our time passed away the other day. Jonathan Winters was known for his manic comedy (and his influence on a generation of comedians), his peerless improvisational skills, his painting – and his acting was pretty darn good, too.

Some writing instructors like to say to students: Write a story about ____________ (this  apple, that tree, an interesting photograph, etc.). Well, take an ordinary stick, watch the master, and learn:

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