Jean Cocteau: Writing and Dreaming

Poet, playwright, novelist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau talks about his creative process:

I feel myself inhabited by a force or being – very little known to me. It gives the orders; I follow. The conception of my novel ‘Les Enfants Terribles’ came to me from a friend, from what he told me of a circle: a family closed from societal life. I commenced to write: exactly seventeen pages per day. It went well. I was pleased with it. Very. There was in the original life story some connection with America, and I had something I wanted to say about America … The being in me did not want to write that! Dead halt. A month of stupid staring at paper unable to say anything. One day it commenced again in its own way.

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