The single idea of “How we all create” and invent in art is fascinating. It’s a territory, where we can discuss about genius, work, inspiration, ideas, seeds, growing, building, speed, movements, failure, discoveries and bliss.
I could invent a whole blog about this – but it seems I like my “constantly random” thing. My French Toolbox is not a blog about this or that, but a state of mind…
I just read a Simenon interview (he’s a Belgian writer) who talks about “states” he crosses when he’s about to write a novel. He says that the story and the characters grows and simmers in himself for days, weeks, until he can’t restrain anymore and has to write.
Then he has to stay in that state for days, without interruption. He says that he has to be the more empty possible. Not thinking. As if he had to “receive” the story, without using his intelligence.
Simenon is considered as a master of crime novels. He wrote almost 200 books, and was said to be able to write 60-80 pages a day.
Well, prolific artists (like Picasso or Victor Hugo) are maybe linked to this fast-non-thinking process, a trance. I have also often seen the other side : where “inspiration” is like a necessary wind which have to be used, criticized, canalized and judged during the whole process of creation. The critic inside the writing poet, says Baudelaire…
Also, we all confusedly know something else : there can be no start, in creativity, without a little burst, a little rush of EMOTION.
Thanks for reading!
Herb List / Todd Hido
Yes, it is a fascinating topic! I can empathize with both states of creativity: the need to let the ideas, characters simmer in your mind until they must burst forth, also the need to empty thought to create a space for them to speak, and finally the need to step back and look at the work from a critical (but not too critical) distance, that allows you to see things you didn’t before, themes, motifs, symbols, etc, so better to mold the work into whole. A complicated process from germination to reader.
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