ON CREATIVITY “It is a chaotic strangeness familiar to every creative person, be she poet or physicist or composer …”

“I carry my thoughts about with me for a long time, sometimes a very long time, before I set them down. At the same time my memory is so faithful to me that I am sure not to forget a theme which I have once conceived, even after five years have passed. I make many changes, reject and reattempt until I am satisfied. Then the working-out in breadth, length, height and depth begins in my head, and since I am conscious of what I want, the basic idea never leaves me. It rises, grows upward, and I hear and see the picture as a whole take shape and stand forth before me as though cast in a single piece, so that all that is left is the work of writing it down.”

“Whence I take my ideas… I cannot say with any degree of certainty; they come to me uninvited, directly, or indirectly. I could almost grasp them in my hands, out in nature’s open, in the woods, during my promenades, in the silence of the night, at earliest dawn. They are roused by moods which in the poet’s case are transmuted into words, and in mine into tones, that sound, roar and storm until at last they take shape for me as notes.”

Ludwig van Beethoven

This experience I have come to know well and as with Beethoven, being outside is when most ideas arrive. I too also carry them for a long time, such as the idea of respect as a global principle that entered my mind over twenty years ago and is now manifesting in unexpected ways.

I also appreciated Maria Popova sharing in her article on brainpickings, titled

Incubation, Ideation, and the Art of Editing: Beethoven on Creativity

that creativity is not just about art making, but also discovery and innovation.

Quoting author Mary Shelley of Frankenstein fame, Freema Dyson, physicist, T.S. Eliot, Ludwig van Beethoven and more, light is shone on a process many seek to understand. Learn more by reading the Maria’s whole article @


December 4, 2018


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