Jack London on inspiration

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

― Jack London (January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing. Wikipedia

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  1. W. H. Auden said something along the lines of, “Inspiration is all very fine and well, but most of the time I feel like a carpenter.”

    Igor Stravinski, when asked how he composed, replied, “From eight to five.”

    John Coltrane spent between eight to ten hours a day practicing: playing scales and exercises for as many different instruments as he could adapt to the saxophone. But, when he was actually playing, it was a different story altogether – in fact, once, when shown a written transcription of one of his own solos, his reaction was, “I couldn’t play that!”

    So does the club of which Jack London speaks have something to do with daily application?

    One last quote, from Gustave Flaubert: “Be regular and orderly in your life, like a bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”

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