Anna Quindlen writes about how to foster creativity in children, and by extension adults by doing nothing and allowing their minds to foster creativity during this time, free time. She expresses her thoughts in “Doing nothing is something” a short essay. Quindlen proposes that kids are too busy and do not have enough free time. In this down time or free time they make their own adventures and form their own ideas. She presents the idea that to even start the creative process to create literature, music, and art one must have free time to let the mind wonder and create. On a moment’s reflection, the thesis that Quindlen presents looks sound but she does not allow for a person can think creatively without down time.
This cannot whole truth. There is no doubt that free time can help the creative process it is not the only way to foster this. Hundreds of modern authors and artisans that have extremely structured lives and are considered to be some of the greatest composers and writes of all time. C.S. Lewis is an example of a great writer and philosopher whose days were extremely structured down to the times he was able to eat, sleep, read, write, and when he was able to walk through the country side. “I believe that many who find that "nothing happens" when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand.” Lewis said in “On the Incarnation” this quote is mentioned from Lewis from his book “On the Incarnation” to enforce the point that free time is important, but structured free time is just and effective and efficient. Doing this allows one to be more productive than just wasting ones days away by doing nothing. This was his free time, it was structured and very productive. During his life he produced many famous works with this type of creative style of inspiration, structured free time and not utter chaos.
Quindlen also presents yet another idea, during the summer kids are spending their days with too many structured activities which in turn are hurting their independence and creativity. She goes on to explain that because of this need for parents to know where their children are, and what they are doing. Doing so teaches kids the bad habit of thinking that they must constantly do something and never nothing. Though when someone is doing a certain specific task, it becomes hard to think. One must allow for time for the dying practice of critical thinking.