Creating A Thrilling Obsession – Daily Quote


For us creative types creativity is not just something we have, it is how we live. We can’t imagine a life where we are not creating things, it is essential to our existence.

In the book Artistic Creation: A Phenomenological Account by Jeff Mitscherling, and Paul Fairfield they state Victor Hugo’s advice to other writers was to:

“Steep yourself for a few days… in the new world whose master you are to become. Lock yourself up with your characters and look them in the eye. Do not be afraid of the vague approximations that come to your mind… The outlines always swim about just before the work finds its feet and begins to walk.”

These instructions are fun, and they offer a glimpse into the workings of the creative process. Sometimes. It is not unusual to play with a concept for days, weeks, or months. A few ideas marinate for years before they coalesce.

Other times the idea springs to mind fully formed and ready for prime time. The exact transformation is not important, we chase the thrill to create.

How do your ideas come to you?


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

16 thoughts on “Creating A Thrilling Obsession – Daily Quote

  1. This is interesting, and made me think of a book on my shelf that I haven’t finished reading…it’s by Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul (Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art). To answer your question, I have to say that ideas mostly “drop into my head” from God’s hand–occasionally through dreams, or reading other writers, but usually amid mundane moments. I like what you said too, in the comments, that sometimes you have to “work backwards from lines that are often not the opening”–YES, working backwards, that sounds familiar too, and is quite enjoyable.

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