Burgess on the lust of creation

Asked if when he is writing he has to put sexual drive aside, Burgess replies:

Oh, no. There’s a very strong masturbatory urge: the urgent need to spend seed in order to get on with the job of writing.

He believes sexual energy and creative energy go together:

The libido is closely connected with the creative urge. Wasn’t it said by Degas that he wanted to rape the canvas, he wanted to make love to the canvas, he valued the canvas as a partner in a brief sexual adventure? This is partly true of writing, in the sense that the energy, the joy, the lust, of creation has sexual roots.

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