The Creative Process: Reflections on the Invention of Art. Front Cover. Brewster Ghiselin. University of California Press, – Art – pages. The creative process refers to the sequence of thoughts and actions that are involved in the production of new work that is both original and valuable in its. The Creative Process has ratings and 18 reviews. Brewster Ghiselin To ask other readers questions about The Creative Process, please sign up.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. This unique anthology brings together material from 38 well-known writers, artists, and scientists who attempt to describe the process by which original ideas come to them.

Paperbackpages. Reflections on the Invention in the Arts and Sciences. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Creative Processplease sign up. See 1 question about The Creative Process…. Lists with This Book. Sep 13, Penny rated it really liked it Shelves: I only read certain sections of this book, but it was a broad sampling of mathematicians, ceative, musicians and poets.

The common theme seems to be the now familiar idea that your brain is working on things even when you aren’t provess struggling with them.

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In fact, the alternating pattern of work and “rest” appears to be necessary for creativity to happen. This may not be earth-shattering news to anyone today, but it isn’t always easy to actually put into practice the things we know.

Somehow I only read certain sections of this book, but it was a broad sampling of mathematicians, scientist, musicians and poets. Somehow, having Poincare, Einstein and Mozart tell you to take a brain break makes it easier to give yourself permission.

brwwster Since I’m reading this for an education class, I’m also thinking about how this applies to learning. We already know that time for “reflection” is important for learning, but somehow the command to write a journal or blog entry that will be graded doesn’t seem quite the same as Mozart’s “travelling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal” for promoting reflection and creativity.

The Creative Process

I wonder how we could reasonably build more true reflection time into the classroom for adult education as well as for kids. Feb 07, James M. I read this when it was entitled simply “The Creative Process. The individual entries are all in the first person and are culled from historical sources for example, one entry is from a letter from Mozart and suffer from not having been initially composed with the goal of the book in mind.

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However, the entries are I read this when it was entitled simply “The Creative Process. However, the entries are nevertheless fascinating, even though it’s clear that the creative process is often very idiosyncratic and not well understood even by the most gifted artists themselves.


Nov 05, Daniel Schulte rated it liked it. This was a really fun book to read about how people receive “inspiration” on their creative works. I was fascinated to read about the different ways that people approach solving the large problem of, “Create something new!

That’s not what this book really claims, but I was surprised to see how many people spoke of their great ideas as “strokes of inspiration”. Aug 10, Seth is currently reading it. The beginnings of an exploration of the idea of process. Not sure where this idea is leading. This book is a fascinating look at different artists, scientists, mathematicians, etc.

Has not been updated in many years, so there are no entries from anyone who has been active only in the past few decades, but an excellent overview nonetheless.

Apr 26, Kasandra rated it really liked it. Has essays from people as varied as Mozart and Einstein on creativity and their brewwter process.

Many quotable passages in the book, and valuable in terms of thinking about your own creative process. Will definitely refer to this one again and again, re-reading sections that have been dogeared and underlined! Jan 09, Jessica rated it liked it. Though I struggled through his introduction, I took a lot of ideas from it. The rest of the book covers artists Mozart, James, Wordsworth, Yeats, Miller, Nietzche, Lawrence and their thought on the creative process.

Jan 06, Sara Bowling rated it it was amazing. This book bridged what I felt about the creative process and what I needed to begin to wonder about the CP. A nice marriage of psychology and creativity, some of it is now outdated. It helped me in grad school, though, and demystified the curious notion of “creative madness.

Jun 16, Shayla rated it it was amazing Shelves: Very interesting insight into creative minds. Oct 12, Michael rated it really liked it. Read this for HUMA Feb 13, Nathan rated it it was amazing. It was hard work to read, but every few pages something would leap out and change your life. This book purports to reveal insights into the creative process through essays and letters written by accomplished names in various professions.

There are two brewstsr to compiling and presenting such work that I believe would succeed: To dive deep into the material, excising most of the text and focusing solely on the most illuminating currents of thought specifically regarding the creation of brewsrer author’s works. This would result in a very brief book best suited toward devotional study of This book purports to reveal insights into the creative process through essays and letters written by accomplished names in various professions.

This would result in a very brief book best suited toward devotional study of one attempting to spark his or her own creative work.

To climb high on the bluffs overlooking the body of each essay and thereby place it in context with its surroundings, i. This would result in a much longer tome, also best suited to be read piecemeal and reflected upon. Instead, the book stands ankle-deep on the muddy shore, dampening our soles and forcing us to bend and hunt ourselves for the points of illumination, bhiselin to scan the horizon behind us for further context.


In most cases, the only context provided is the author’s name and the name of the source from which the essay was culled. This doesn’t make the book useless; in some cases Stephen Spender’s “The Making of a Poem” in particular stands outthe author provides suitable context within his or her writing to make further ghise,in or commentary unnecessary. The lack of such is most conspicuous and egregious in those essays providing commentary on another work left largely or perhaps wholly unpresented Allen Tate’s “Narcissus on Narcissus” and Henry James’ “Preface to the Spoils of Poynton” proved largely unilluminating and almost completely unhelpful without brwster context.

In short, the book is a fine idea but uneven, at best, in execution. Jul 24, Len rated it it was amazing. I cannot imagine a “writer” failing to get something out of this book.

It’s a collection of essays and not all of them are about writing. Some are about the visual arts! One is a letter by Proceds Einstein. Another, by Roger Sessions, is about musical composition. Even the art of sculpture is not forgotten. Most, however, are about writing as writing is believed to be and, in best cases, is a ‘creative’ enterprise.

Think of it as a Monet but with words. There are dabs and strokes both here and there and up close they mean very little, but from a respectable distance, the whole will coalesce.

In a single setting, Wolfe gives you “his” Paris. The only other “work” which does the same and as well is Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”. You won’t regret it. Feb 02, ash newton rated it liked it Shelves: Oct 15, R. A rather uninspired assembly of how they did it essays.

The s equivalent of project Gutenberg re-publishing old wine in new bottles. It does allow the reader, however, to pick up, read, and put down.

Oct 04, Whoof rated it really liked it. The subconscious is important. I think Henry Miller’s was my favorite.

Dec 30, Satia rated it it brewser ok Shelves: For a book on creativity, this one left me remarkably uninspired. Dec 15, Kate Catanese rated it it was amazing. Wyntrnoire rated it it was amazing Nov 24, Anna rated it did not like it May 07, Hugo Milian-Smith rated it really liked it Apr 24, John Thomas rated it really liked it Sep 27, Taylor rated it really liked it Nov 02, Nick rated it really liked it Mar 29, Keili rated it it was ok Sep 27, Stephen Holland rated it really liked it Feb 20,