Strokes of Genius: Hereâ€™s How the Most Creative People Get Their Ideas | TIME
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
A great idea comes into the world by drips and drabs, false starts, and rough sketches.
Creativity started with the notebooksâ€™ sketches and jottings, and only later resulted in a pure, powerful idea. The one characteristic that all of these creatives sharedâ€” whether they were painters, actors, or scientistsâ€” was how often they put their early thoughts and inklings out into the world, in sketches, dashed-off phrases and observations, bits of dialogue, and quick prototypes. Instead of arriving in one giant leap, great creations emerged by zigs and zags as their creators engaged over and over again with these externalized images.
She heard it over and over again in the interviews and read it in different forms in every notebook.
- Albert Einstein always said he thought in pictures: â€śWords do not play any role in my thought; instead,Â I think in signs and images which I can copy and combine.â€ť
- English writerÂ Jessica Mitford engaged in a constant dialogue with her unfolding drafts: â€śThe first thing to do is read over what you have done the day before and rewrite it. And then that gives you a lead into the next thing to do.â€ť
- The painter Ben Shahn described creativity as â€śthe long artistic tug-of-war between idea and image.â€ť
- Poet May Sarton wrote, â€śThe poem teaches us something while we make it; there is nothing dull about revision.â€ť
It was never a clean, linear process.