Where Do The Ideas Come From?

2011.09.09
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LET’S MAKE THIS AN EXPLORATION of the landscapes of creativity — how does the creative experience feel to you?

Mentally, I’m all about visualization: perhaps it’s synesthesia, but even smells and sounds have a visual component for me. So I’ve always seen “the creative process” as starting with a curtain across half the universe. Every now and then, the curtain parts just enough to reveal an Idea.

It could be a series of images, even images of words. Now and then it’s a sound. But even the most abstract Idea carries a visual impression of girders and joists, ropes and scrim. Sometimes an Idea will be revealed a piece at a time, with a whole clicking into place almost audibly and palpably. If it’s long, like a story, it feels like a rope uncoiling from the other side of the curtain — a line which must not be allowed to grow slack.

Sometimes an Idea links up with something inside the rest of the universe. Other times it just sits there, gleaming, faintly pulsing, daring me to capture it in words on a screen or a sketch in a notebook. (If I don’t, it can fade within minutes.)

So let’s make this an exploration of the sense-scapes of creativity. How does the creative experience feel to you?

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One Response to Where Do The Ideas Come From?

  1. Alana on 2011.09.09 at 1257

    sometimes it’s elusive, just a drip, and if I open myself up to it, it becomes a firehose. I definitely have a primarily visual mind but sometimes poems, songs, and stories come blasting through and I can barely catch them before they are gone. They show up fully animated, like movies. There’s a lot of debate as to where creativity comes from and I’ve come to no conclusion. It’s one of the things that makes me most inclined toward feeling there’s a god, because there’s no way I can come up with this stuff on my own.

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