I am moved to make this post by Richardo … who said there was `flow` at OTP (including the comments).
There is also going on, the Richard NewBrain thing (which I will end-up doing a few posts on).
Let’s start with my posts here at OTP.
For-the-most-part, they are pretty free-flowing.
But, they always have a overall-plan … normally a very vague overall-plan, but an overall-plan nonetheless.
`I` am normally not really aware what the overall-plan is, but I am aware that there is an overall-plan.
It is normally, only when I have the vague surety, that there is an O-P, that I start typing.
The thing that I am trying to put-across, is that there is `flow` … but only `within-bounds`.
(water-wheels drove much industry in th’old-days. They would `channel` (race) the water-flow to the wheel to make it work efficiently)
Part of the disciplining process are the `meta-concepts` that I sometimes go-on-about.
To give a simple example: I write posts with a simple meta-concepts disciplining the flow. One of the concepts is, what-could-be-called `readability` … I am writing the post for you.
One thing you can sometimes notice in comments (here, there and everywhere) … is that one of the meta-concepts disciplining the writer, is `tell them what you think`.
The difference being, that I am writing `for you` … and the latter people are writing `for themselves`.
Bottom line – Flow … works best under constraints.
Note: `child-like flow` you would maybe imagine is un-constrained.
I think you will find, that children put strong constraints on their own flows. When playing with friends, or alone, they have very definite rules that should not be violated.
It is adults, that think they can flow without constraints, who are the most boring, stupid and maybe dangerous.