I heard about this book Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in which the author has analyzed the process of creation and what constitutes the creative mind using 100 interviews with successful geniuses of creativity.

In light of this interesting study (which I haven’t read beyond a summary), I have been wondering what I think defines creativity. Is it the genius inside a person, that unknown and unteachable force, that makes a person innovative and productive? Is it a drive toward excellence that makes a person create?

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word “creativity” is a mound of clay. There’s nothing quite as inspirational to me as sculpting – whether that’s with clay or steel or plastic. To create something from nothing is the highest function of our human spirits; we desire to leave our own imprint on the tangible world. A potter working from clay seems to be the most concrete representation of that act.

I thought since I’m in such a philosophical mood, I’d share with you a few amusing quotes that are sure to help you writers get in the spirit of genius. 


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