Monday, August 20, 2007

Creative Process of the Day

Okay, maybe one shouldn’t trust things one hears on the radio at 3:20 a.m. when one can’t sleep, but I swear I heard this: to generate ideas, Thomas Alva Edison liked to sit and relax in an armchair, leaving his mind open to random wanderings. He also held a pool ball in his hand so that if he fell asleep, the ball would fall on the floor and wake him up. Back to work, Thomas!

So…this is the creative process that earned the man 1093 patents in his lifetime. And I’ve always liked this famous quote of his: "Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." Applies to writers, too.

This is the radio program I was listening to.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.