Where does silence belong in the phenomena of creativity? I believe creativity finds and forces the Creator or Artist to be at a level of introspection that can’t be attained through conversation or public interaction. One must be at rest, not sleep, though inspiration can come from slumber but ultimately, you have to be….still.
Self-centered in silence to find your unique voice and thoughts, to subdue immediate external noises and influences; to hear the gentle persuasion of new ideas and images to stimulate the imagination.
The writer, Leo Babauta, wrote the post No. 1 Habit of Highly Creative People on the blog, ZenHabits states, “Creativity flourishes in solitude. With quiet, you can hear your thoughts, you can reach deep within yourself, you can focus.” He goes on further in the post to say, “The best art is created in solitude, for good reason: it’s only when we are alone that we can reach into ourselves and find truth, beauty, soul. “
Also, on the post Babauta explores the insights of other artists/writers, on their habits and similar view of silence or solitude and the impact that it has in their lives and endeavors. It’s a great read be sure to check it out.
I definitely concur with the need of silence or time alone. Today, with so many interruptions; parental responsibilities, work, technology and the list goes on; the window of opportunity for private time for oneself can be very limited. To balance out the daily requirements for all things important in our lives, as an artist, you must decide when to sacrifice and tolerate the angry stares of loved ones, the missed chances catching a movie or sports event to devote to your craft. Its your talent and your dream and your life, so you must understand no one, and I mean NO ONE will truly appreciate your moments alone more than you do.
Uninterrupted time alone, your imagination and a medium on which to work and manifest your ideas, is an equation that is a prerequisite can only add up to a creative masterpiece.
So find a corner,
get silent and