Just a few random thoughts about the process of creativity.
It seems to me that the ‘basic’ model is a three step process:
- (begin) the artist finds ‘inspiration’
- the artist labors to create a piece
- the artist releases the work to the audience (end)
I don’t think that the actual creative process ends there. Once the work is ‘released into the wild’ it is transformed and reinvented by each and every viewer. There are many layers of meaning in any work, and only a few were ‘put’ there by the artist.
I think, for me, that’s why it’s so hard to write for other people. When I build a ceramic sculpture or knit a hat, the piece really is the message, and any other meaning which the viewer might find… well, the viewer and I both know that I didn’t put it there.
When I write fiction, I know what I say, and I know what’s behind it, but the reader only knows what sie finds there. Not the same at all. It’s very exciting, but it’s scary as well.