For the 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 a process that is essential to our existence.
In the book Artistic Creation: A Phenomenological Account by Jeff Mitscherling, and Paul Fairfield, the authors 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