June 18, 2009

the creative bug


[This quote was an excerpt from my last CDF Newsletter.]

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Posted by hugh macleod at June 18, 2009 11:54 AM | TrackBack

I think everyone got that bug. It's just that civilization hunts for it and kills it before you know you got any. I guess if you discover it yourself, you are dead meat anyway.

Posted by: Ben Atlas at June 18, 2009 12:05 PM

Yeah, so work on not feeling queasy when you talk about your creativity, will you? Remember, we're prophets.


Posted by: Daniel Edlen at June 18, 2009 12:07 PM

I thought that bit in the newsletter was especially powerful (and true). Glad to see it on a cartoon - will be printed out and hung on my wall ASAP. Thanks Hugh!

Posted by: Nathan Phillips at June 18, 2009 12:41 PM

I'd gladly trade my Create or Die print for one of these.

Posted by: Matt Topper at June 18, 2009 4:06 PM

i agree, that's def. true...

Posted by: nino at June 18, 2009 4:47 PM

ugh, I didn't say anything when this was in your newsletter. I didn't say anything when this was in yesterday's blog post. Today I have to say it.

This quote about the creative bug costing everything is so far off from my creative life experience and understanding I can't let you slide with it. Too much respect, etc.

When one is creative there is no sacrifice involved. There's no other aspect of life being given up. There is no loss, no lack, no doing without. There's not even any sense of sacrifice, loss, lack, or doing without. Being creative is the life of someone creative.

I consider you to be genuinely creative. I don't think you are a dilettante at it as the quote's materialist undercurrent indicates.

Posted by: Shelley Noble at June 18, 2009 4:48 PM

The only grenades under my desk are real.

Posted by: Jake Edwards at June 19, 2009 8:35 PM

That is absolute perfection. Describes the reality and the result.

I'll be passing this on to my other artist friends.

Posted by: SimplyQua at June 19, 2009 9:59 PM

I just bought your book in Amsterdam. Great stuff, MacLeod! And right now, just after reading about Tim Burton's advice about the creative bug I see your 18 June post about the creative bug...

One thing about your business card cartoons: this format looks ideal for the era of the iPhone! These days even in Africa a lot of people have small screen communication devices. Yep, small screens gonna get bigger and bigger.

Posted by: Danny Jouwe at June 21, 2009 2:11 AM

Give me my crayons back...

Posted by: Steve Hopkins at June 22, 2009 11:54 PM

When you look at hugely creative people, it seems like a large number of them have had to allow the creative bug to take everything from them: alcohol, self-destructive behavior, etc.

But not all! Think of Thoreau; ensconced in his homemade cabin at Walden Pond, surrounded by everything he needs, and writing beautiful prose. Flaubert (Madame Bovary) lived a completely bougeois life, happily married, and wrote the most scandalous book of its time; a book full of angst, deception and lust.

Wouldn't the best of all possible worlds be to have it all (peace, health, family) and still be creative and productive? This would be a good thing to strive for.

Posted by: Lee Ann Sosa at June 24, 2009 9:50 AM

Creativity can never be satisfied. It's not a legacy you leave behind - it's a trail of destruction.

Of course, the rest of the world doesn't see it that way.

~ Wogan

Posted by: Wogan at June 27, 2009 6:53 PM

Interesting - creativity, art, etc as a religion. Substituate the word "God", "Jesus", "The Universe" for "The creative bug" in your saying and you'll see what I mean.

FWIW - I agree with you, artists,writers,creators must give their entire lives over to their art or go home....if they want to change the world at least.

Posted by: Clintavo at June 29, 2009 9:51 AM