Learn where inspiration comes from and how to harness it in your creative work.
We all know the feeling of inspiration. It’s what tells a painter what to paint and a singer how to sing—and what prompts us to throw a handful of something new into an old recipe.
But what is inspiration? When we train artists, we pick them based on talent and train them in technique. We talk very little about the crucial creative spark of inspiration. Where does it come from? What does it want from us? How can we get more of it?
In The Discipline of Inspiration, Carey Wallace meditates on this mysterious spark found in the work of artists across genres and throughout history. She also offers practical methods—including silence, community, and rest—to help everyone access inspiration more consistently. Readers from all walks of life will discover the transformative power of inspiration in both their art and their lives.
Carey Wallace is an author, songwriter, and artist based in Brooklyn. Her previous books include The Blind Contessa’s New Machine, The Ghost in the Glass House, Stories of the Saints, and Psalms of Wonder. She is the founder of the Creative Discipline Class, which helps people from all walks of life find inspiration and build strong creative habits to sustain a lifetime of creation.
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