Jack London to Creatives

jack london on creativity

I haven’t read any Jack London books, but recently I read an essay of his, and now I want to read more. I had to share a few morsels of goodness with my fellow creatives–I know you’ll enjoy them.

From Mr. London’s article “Getting into Print” was published in 1903 in The Editor. 110 years later and the wisdom proves itself timeless.


“Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will none the less get something that looks remarkably like it.”

Application: be ravenous. Always stay inspired. The minute we stop being inspired is the minute we stop inspiring ourselves and others.


“See that your pores are open and your digestion is good. That is, I am confident, the most important rule of all.”

Application: exercise and eat well to be at your maximum creative peak.


“And work. Spell it in capital letters. WORK. WORK all the time. Find out about this earth, this universe; this force and matter, and the spirit that glimmers up through force and matter from the maggot to Godhead.”

Application: live in wonder, in awe and in love. Enjoy the smallest to the largest to the unimaginable.


Artists: when we come alive fully, others are compelled to come with us. (Tweet that)

As Jesus said: “Go and do likewise.”

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Author: Andrew Zahn

I'm a son, husband, dad, business owner, actor and good sleeper/eater. On this blog, I pave a highway for creative growth by providing food, water, and shelter for those wishing to live, work, and play with creative zest.

  • Michael

    Excellent! I love London.

    • I need to dig into more of his stuff Michael. Do you have a good recommendation for a starter book for me?

      • Michael

        Yes, The Call of the Wild.

  • Annette Skarin

    Our California Writers Club, boasts about the fact that it was started by, Jack London, in 1909. The motto is: SAIL ON!

    • Wow! That’s fantastic Annette. I bet it’s wonderful to be part of such a rich heritage in that group.

  • Michelle Woodman

    Good stuff! Now I, too, have another author to add to my “To Read” list.

  • Papa Mike

    This is a keeper, Andrew! I have found it inspirational to revisit THE CALL OF THE WILD every ten years or so: it must be about that time… Thanks for these great reminders!

  • Amen, amen, amen! Thanks for sharing this, Andrew. I think I need to check out this guy’s material!