Creative Process: Formative or Formed?

Van Gogh’s uncertainty as to what he might be is typical. The inventor whether artist or thinker, creates the structure of his psychic life by means of his works. As C G Jung remarks: “The work in process becomes the poets fate and determines his psychic development It is not Goethe who creates Faust but Faust which creates Goethe!”

I prefer to let creativity come out of what I am, rather than my becoming being based on my creations. For me, the creative process is more an expression of the structure seen in the minds eye, rather than something that is determinate in forming my psyche.  I admit, the simple act of  focusing on that which being created, in order to distill the expression, strengthens the structure from which the idea forms. This observation can be seen as a molding my concept or it could be considered a comparison of what I want to convey, allowing for direction or adjustment.

“The Creative Process: a Symposium” is a collection of descriptions, thoughts, letters, and conversations of 38 creative thinkers related to the creative process, edited by Brewster Ghiselin

 

  • MATHEMATICAL CREATION : Henri Poincare
  • LETTER TO JACQUES HADAMARD : Albert Einstein
  • A LETTER : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • THE COMPOSER AND HIS MESSAGE .* Roger Sessions
  • THE MUSICAL MIND : Harold Shapero
  • LETTER TO ANTON RIDDER VAN RAPPARD: Vincent van Gogh
  • CONVERSATION WITH PICASSO : Christian Zervos
  • EAST TO WEST : Yasuo Kuniyoshi
  • BEFORE PARIS AND AFTER: Julian Levi
  • INSPIRATION TO ORDER : Max Ernst
  • MAKING PICTURES : D.H.Lawrence
  • NOTES ON SCULPTURE : Henry Moore
  • COMPOSITION IN PURE MOVEMENT : Mary Wigman
  • DEDICATION OF THE RIVAL-LADIES : ]ohn Dryden
  • THE PROCESS OF INSPIRATION .’ Jean CoCtCClU
  • PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION OF LYRICAL BALLADS .* William Wordsworth
  • PREFATORY NOTE TO KUBLA KHAN ; Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • THE NAME AND NATURE OF POETRY ; A. E. Housman
  • THE COURSE IN POETICS : FIRST LESSON : Paul V alery
  • THREE PIECES ON THE CREATIVE PROCESS : William Butler Yeats
  • THE THINKING OF THE BODY PREFACE TO THE KING OF THE GREAT CLOCK TOWER
  • LONG-LEGGED FLY
  • THE PROCESS OF MAKING POETRY .* Amy Lowell
  • THE MAKING OF A POEM : Stephen Spender
  • THE BIRTH OF A POEM : Brewster Ghiselin
  • NARCISSUS AS NARCISSUS : Allen Tate
  • REMEMBERING HART CRANE : Malcolm Cowley
  • PREFACE TO THE SPOILS OF POYNTON : Henry fames
  • WORKING-TOOLS : Rudyard Kipling
  • A CONVERSATION WITH GERTRUDE STEIN : John Hyde Preston
  • HOW FLINT AND FIRE STARTED AND GREW : Dorothy Can field
  • LETTER TO WARNER TAYLOR : Uewelyn Powys
  • REFLECTIONS ON WRITING : Henry Miller
  • THE STORY OF A NOVEL : Thomas Wolfe
  • NOTES ON WRITING : Katherine Anne Porter
  • COMPOSITION OF THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA : Friedrich Nietzsche
  • SUBCONSCIOUS INTELLIGENCE UNDERLYING DREAMS : Morton Prince
  • PSYCHOLOGY AND LITERATURE : Carl Gustav Jung
  • CONVERSATION WITH GEORGE ELIOT ; Herbert Spencer
  • THE BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF IMAGINATION : R. W. Gerard

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