Friday, December 31, 2010
The Creative Process by Brewster Ghiselin
This is the problem with anthologies–odds are you won’t find every piece–whether a short story, a poem, or a collection of essays–engaging. I found so few of these pieces of any interest mostly because they are redundant. How many times can you read about the creative process being a gradual experience where the seed of an idea slowly germinates, often coming to fruition in a moment of subconscious inspiration. Do I really need to read more than 20 essays that pretty much say the same thing? Inspiration, the idea, is the easy part and the rest is hard work.
I also thought that I would actually be inspired by some of the things I read. Not in the least. I found myself so bored by what was shared that I was no more inspired to be creative after I read than I was before I started. That is not to say that I didn’t enjoy reading any of the essays. Some were interesting enough but none were so stimulating that I found myself rushing to the page to express myself in poetry or even an expressive journal entry. I truly wish it had been otherwise but there are other resources out there that can hopefully inspire me. This one merely left me intellectually bored and creatively dulled.