a very small proportion of them were about subjects I set out
to write. Although I'd occasionally decide on a poem's theme be-
forehand, the majority of my writings resulted from a line popping
into my head from nowhere, then following its own course with not
much direction or assistance from me. My main contribution was
to juggle some rhymes and then polish the finished poem into a
composition that seemed to be the result of someone who'd
had something specific to say and said it.
or motivation was, and you find yourself relaying a perfectly
that such a fear was common to a lot of people and you wanted to
make a statementt about it, and...blah, blah, blah! It's only much
later (if at all) that you may recall it was a random line that jump-
ed into your head, and that you merely followed in its wake.
Honest, take my word for it - however ridiculous that
may sound, that's often simply the way it is.
late the creative genesis of your poem or story to your inquisitive
enquirer. You simply accept it as fact and it may never occur
to you to question or doubt it. Then, whenever you're asked
Which brings me to STAN LEE. Where did he get
construct order and reason for that which is often the result of
sudden, random impulse and not the deliberate and con-
trolled act of conscious creative endeavour.