Artistic Delay

Photo by  Lauren Kay  on  Unsplash

Photo by Lauren Kay on Unsplash

I’ve been rather quiet on the blog lately, mostly because I’ve struggled with making ideas stick. I find this a little funny because I realized, in searching through my journal on Ulysses, that I have several quotes about the power of artistic delay, letting something sit and percolate to face again later. If you struggle with the same sorts of things, I hope this list will help:

“Artistic delay is resisting the impulse to explore an idea fully at its birth, and instead allowing it to live for a while in the greenhouse of the mind, where it may mature and corrupt, grow into something new, or die and fertilize the soil.”

Roman Muradov

“Sometimes things need time to grow in the soil of the imagination, to percolate in the unconscious, to unfold without our dirty hands all over them.”

Patti Henry, Becoming Mrs. Lewis

“Insight comes, more often than not, from looking at what’s been on the table all along, in front of everybody, rather than from discovering something new.”

David McCullough, Paris Review

“Distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.”

Jonah Lehrer

Kelly Wiggains