Bob Dylan on the Ideal Environment for Creative Work

In this fantastic 1991 interview, music legend Bob Dylan considers the ideal environment for creative work:

It’s nice to be able to put yourself in an environment where you can completely accept all the unconscious stuff that comes to you from your inner workings of your mind. And block yourself off to where you can control it all, take it down…


For me, the environment to write the song is extremely important. The environment has to bring something out in me that wants to be brought out. It’s a contemplative, reflective thing…

Environment is very important. People need peaceful, invigorating environments. Stimulating environments.

Read more of the interview here, then see what cognitive scientists say about the psychology of the perfect creative routine.

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