Philosophers have long entertained the idea that melancholy and creativity are inter-connected. Friedrich Nietzshe said that the suffering brought on by melancholy—“this evening twilight devil” as he called it—was vital to the mind and soul, even sacred. Suffering and difficulty, he thought, must be embraced, cultivated, and carefully crafted.
I have found over the years that melancholia is a uniquely fruitful state for creativity. I neither avoid nor fear it. I let it lead me to new discoveries.