quote by Alexi Murdoch

What's wrong with creative block? Might it not just be that periods--even extended ones--of productive hiatus are essential mechanisms of gestation designed to help us attain higher standards in our pursuit of creative excellence?

— Alexi Murdoch

Mind-blowing Gestation Period quotations

I know there are writers who get up every morning and sit by their typewriter or word processor or pad of paper and wait to write. I don't function that way. I go through a long period of gestation before I'm even ready to write.


There is a moment of conception and a moment of birth, but between them there is a long period of gestation.

If a man could give birth it would be to a book - it's an 18-month gestation period.

Usually, the best ideas come from other people's good ideas, which then, after a short gestation period, become your ideas.

The birth of a true poet is neither an insignificant event nor an easy delivery.

Complications generally begin long before the fated soul carries its dubious light into whatever womb has been kind enough to volunteer the intricate machinery of its blood and prayers and muscles for a gestation period much longer than nine months or even nine years.


I think a film should have a gestation period of at least two or three years.

When I'm in writing mode I tend not to listen to music.

I usually have a gestation period before I start writing. When I'm listening, it usually happens on the road. So, we'd been listening to a lot of music on tour the year before and all that stuff sank in.

There are some people the gestation period is like an elephant's and it's just years and years before they're ready.

Men can become twins with age. The past was their common womb; the six months of rain and the six months of sun was the period of their common gestation. They needed only a few words and a few gestures to convey their meaning. They had graduated through the same fevers, they were moved by the same love and contempt.

In the past we could afford a long gestation period before undertaking major environmental policy initiatives. Today the time for a well-planned transition to a sustainable system is running out. We may be moving in the right direction, but we are moving too slowly. We are failing in our responsibility to future generations and even the present one.


Of course, such judicial misconstruction theoretically can be cured by constitutional amendment. But the period of gestation of a constitutional amendment, or of any law reform, is reckoned in decades usually; in years, at least. And, after all, as the Court itself asserted in overruling the minimum-wage cases, it may not be the Constitution that was at fault.

Man, the most complicated of the animals, has a relatively short gestation period. Beyond that, he will be born, unlike most mammals, in a ridiculously helpless state.

Creativity - like human life itself - begins in darkness.

.. bright ideas are preceded by a gestation period that is interior, murky, and completely necessary.

A writer works from the material she has, but it comes from the unconscious.

Everything is stored up and one never knows what comes up to the surface at a given moment. A period of gestation is certainly needed, what Wordsworth called ‘emotion recollected in tranquility.’ You cannot write about an experience when you are living it, suffering it. You are too busy surviving to look at it objectively. At least I can’t.

I never had children, never even thought I would have children.

Now I have 152 daughters; expecting 75 more next year. That is some type of gestation period.