Happy Monday, everyone!
I stumbled upon this article over the weekend. It has plenty of filler, in my opinion, but it has some good sections too. Among the good:
"Robert Epstein, a former editor of Psychology Today and founder of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, likens the process to being stuck in a locked room. The doorknob isn't responding. You turn it, you jiggle it, you lift it. Nothing.
'When you're ineffective and you can't turn that knob, lots and lots of different behaviors and thoughts and ideas all pop up simultaneously, more or less -- and that's the stuff of creativity,' he says. 'That's where the inner connections occur.'
The wonderful thing about such creative sparks is they'll feed off one another. The terrible thing is that emotions might take over and reduce you to mush. Epstein observes that the person in the locked room eventually starts banging on the door and, if left long enough, cries for his or her mother."
"Giving up can also be part of the creative process, says Dean Keith Simonton, a psychology professor at the University of California, Davis, and a creativity expert.
'Sooner or later, creators have to learn when an idea is going nowhere,' he says.
But, he cautions, that point is hard to identify.
'The error is more often in the opposite direction: Not giving a new idea a sufficient chance for development. It is not easy to tell in advance which is going to pan out and which not,' he says."
"[Jennifer] Egan agrees assessing progress isn't easy.
'A lot of it is trying to understand what kind of dead end it is, because they aren't all the same,' she says. 'With "The Keep," I was essentially at a dead end for the first many months of working on it, because I couldn't find a voice for it. And if you don't have a voice, you've got nothin'. You can try every bell and whistle and good idea in the world, but if the book doesn't have a voice, you don't have a book.
'But for some reason I kept hammering away at it, which certainly in retrospect could have been a terrible waste of time if I hadn't found a way,' she said."
ALSO: If you'd rather just have a laugh, check out the creative e-mail exchange between "Shannon Walkley" and "David Thorne." Thorne reminds me of Mr. G.F. Bailey...if he hated cats.