Wrote Samuel Taylor Coleridge (referring to himself in the third person):
All the images rose up before him as things with a parallel production of the correspondent expressions, without any sensation or consciousness of effort.
Whence and how [ideas] come, I know not; nor can I force them … Nor do I hear in my imagination the parts successively, but I hear them, as it were, all at once.
Ideas rose in crowds; I felt them collide until pairs interlocked, so to speak, making a stable combination.
It’s as if creative thoughts have an independent life of their own. There we are, minding our own business - wham! out of the blue - we get mugged by something totally novel. I could go on and on, but let’s not overthink this. Question:
Your experience with creative ideas - go for it.
Don’t assume creativity only applies to the arts and related enterprises. Talking your way out of a traffic ticket counts. So does saying something nice about your Aunt Matilda’s hairdo. Comments below ...
Published On: June 29, 2013
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