Great art begins with an idea. Sometimes a vague or even bad one. How does that spark of creativity find its way to the canvas, the page, the dinner plate, or the movie screen? How is inspiration refined into forms that delight or provoke us?
For our How Genius Works special report, we enlisted some of America's foremost artists to discuss the often indescribable process of creating something new. We also want to know how the creativity works in your life, how it drives you and defines you, and how you wrestle with the art of coming up with something unique and extraordinary.
Submit a post through The Atlantic's Tumblr blog, or tweet your thoughts to us @TheAtlantic with the hashtag #FirstDrafts. We'll be featuring submissions from our readers using Storify.
Jared Keller is a journalist based in New York. He has written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Pacific Standard, and Al Jazeera America, and is a former associate editor for The Atlantic.