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Broken Record with Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam and Justin Richmond

The Cognitive Dissonance Between Doing and Absorbing

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When a writer is both the writer and the reader in the same instant, there is a cognitive dissonance between the act of writing and the act of reading. This can lead to self-loathing and impostor syndrome. The speaker advises creating a buffer and separation between the two roles. They suggest writing without reading anything and then revisiting the work later as a reader to judge it objectively. In the context of songwriting, the speaker mentions that their mind quickly loses interest in melodies when they work on them for too long, highlighting the need to maintain a fresh perspective when creating.

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