Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work” – Gustave Flaubert
Originality and violence. Regular and orderly. I am not exactly sure why this stood out to me so much when I stumbled across this quote. I googled Gustave Flaubert to find that he was a french writer born in Upper Normandy, which is a part of northern France. He is a Sagittarius, born on December 12th of 1821 (the same date as my favorite younger cousin).
As I read about his writing career on Wikipedia I found that his writing was controversial with the government, earning himself and the publishing house, Revrue de Paris, who serialized his most famous work Madame Bovary charges of immorality.
The classical spirit in me wishes that those times were still upon us, where the craft of writing was held in such high honor and respect that even the government read and intimiately knew the lives of the authors, even if it is only to make sure that they aren’t writing up some essay against an illogical law that was recently passed or a lack of service that the government wasn’t fulfilling which they wanted to hide.
Sadly enough, we are far removed from those days. Sadly enough most of us can write until our eyes bleed and our fingers are rubbed raw and the government won’t bat an eye at us.
Am I wrong? Please share with me any literary figures, and I repeat, literary figures, who have been ostracized by their government for their writing since the contemporary years. Let’s say… from 2000 – 2014. If you can’t find any, possibly offer some other suggestions of shunned literary figures or figures who have had government run-ins because of their written word. I would love to be informed of these occurrences.
In summation, referring back to my post about failing to plan, if you don’t have any sort of writing habits, such as writing at a pre-determined time, every day, or music that helps you write, or something, anything, that helps you prepare yourself for entering into the creative process, how can you let your work be violently creative and original?
What’s your creative habits?
Please see the flickr account I got the feature image from, it has the quotes that is written around the visual art.