Creativity coach Eric Maisel thinks obsession is a more or less necessary element of creative achievement – at least the healthy variety of obsession.
He says, “Negative obsessions are a true negative for everyone, but most creators — and all would-be creators — simply aren’t obsessed enough.
“For an artist, the absence of positive obsessions leads to long periods of blockage, repetitive work that bores the artist himself, and existential ailments of all sorts.”
Perseverance and a rebellious spirit
A variation on obsession is “stubborness” or perseverance.
When she was a newly single mother and struggling to support her baby daughter in Edinburgh, J.K. Rowling chose to commit herself to her dream of becoming a novelist by writing “Harry Potter.”
She admits feeling “very low” and having a need “to achieve something. Without the challenge, I would have gone stark raving mad.”
Continued: Positive Obsessions To Be Creative.
Article publié pour la première fois le 28/01/2014