David Lynch on the creative process

Heavy Metal: The Adult Illustrated Fantasy Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 7, (October 1982), cover

Heavy Metal: The Adult Illustrated Fantasy Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 7, (October 1982), cover.
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There’s an original idea somewhere that’s sort of a magnet, and it attracts ideas that will join up with it – sort of like a little solar system. They all swim about around this sun, which is the original idea, and pretty soon you’ve got a system going. And maybe something will swim through, but it won’t really be part of it, so it’ll keep on going and go away, because it didn’t fit… This takes a lot of concentration – you have to spend lots of time thinking about these ideas, capturing them, because they’ll swim so deep you won’t see them. They’ll go away – you’ve got to dive down there and catch them, and once you catch them, you’ve got to look at them very carefully, because the way you see them the first time you’ll forget about later on. You’ve got to make sure that you preserve the way you originally saw them – that’s where the power of the idea is. Now I know that it’s good to have rules of thought, but I don’t think it’s too good to analyze too much while you’re flowing, because sometimes you can think too much. Later on when you look back at what you’ve done, it seems almost magical – there’s so much power there and so many things that were right on, but there was no thinking.
David Lynch as interviewed by Lou Stathis in “Dossier: Out to Lynch”, Heavy Metal: The Adult Illustrated Fantasy Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 7, (New York: H. M. Communications, October 1982), " style="margin-right: 2px;"/>p. 8. Available at The City of Absurdity.

David Lynch Posted on behalf of David Lynch on Thursday, February 25th, 2010 under Quotations.

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