Chapter 8: Inspiration

The US American inventor and founder of the film industry, Thomas Edison, said in 1932 in “Harper’s Monthly”: “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

But this one percent is so important for creative success that artists – be it musicians, poets or photographers – constantly get asked: “Where do you get your ideas?”

The spectrum of answers goes from going for a walk or watching your surroundings to female curves – at least in the case of architect Oscar Niemeyer.

In his award-winning book “The Robber Band” (German original title: “Die Räuberbande”), Leonhard Frank wrote: “Inspiration happens rarely and never without input from the author.” In other words: you have to do something ...

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