Chapter 2: Accidents Will Happen

You can also sum up the creative process this way: art is the deliberate transformed by the accidental. That is, you start deliberately, in your studio or office with your paints or pens or whatever it is you use as well as a cup of tea or coffee to get you going. Then you put some colors on the canvas or some words on the page. You might work that way the whole morning in a calm and steady way, but sooner or later, something will happen—you’ll hear a sound outside or get a phone call or remember something that you’d read the day before—and what you’re doing will change.