While away at my MFA residency I’m highlighting posts from early in this blog’s life, posts not seen by most current readers of the Artist’s Road blog.
Are you ever asked “Where do you get your ideas?” It’s a difficult question for most creatives to answer. In the October post below I described how Pulitzer-prize winner Michael Chabon handles that question; he says the problem isn’t coming up with ideas, it’s knowing which to pursue and which to abandon.
“Ideas are Plentiful, Choosing is the Key,” October 24, 2010
2 thoughts on “Where Do You Get Your Ideas?”
Sometimes, when I am focusing on the process of ideas, or thinking about thinking, I get a tremendous idea–like tonight, after “taking a break from work” to read this post, I suddenly filled up several pages with notes and sketches for new designs. I too have a seemingly endless supply of ideas. I like the visual of lightbulbs dangling at eye level…mine are more like the neighbor’s porch full of wind chimes. There is a lot going on at once, and sometimes it sounds kinda wacky, but if the right breeze comes along, suddenly it all clicks and the music is pretty awesome!
Wind chimes, I love it! The key to your metaphor is to make sure you keep listening.
Glad to know this post on Chabon helped inspire you to pursue new ideas!