Intuition is conspicuously manifest when an insight, perhaps a potential solution to a troubling problem, emerges unexpectedly, perhaps spontaneously. Artists in particular, often experience an urgent need to express some ideas accurately, to make explicit some ambiguous idea that might be important -- some idea which guides explicit behavior but is poorly understood. Artists (like researchers and clinicians) are often driven by a urgent need to know what lies beneath the surface, to know the causes of things. (what did the Gospel of Thomas say about such phenomena?- more) Often we are not aware of the burden of this poorly understood subconscious influence until it is expressed.
Indeed, writers are often unaware of precisely what they will write until it is actually written (Sekular, 1985). [There is often a remarkable compulsiveness, if not automaticity in the unfolding of the thought-experiments one performs in the laboratory of the mind that often leads creative personalities to feel they are possessed ---Recalling the self-generated subvocalized "voices" of schizophrenics the artist becomes "inspired" or "enthused" --- filled with compelling impulses which appear to originate from outside one's awareness, impulses to explore one's mental model which, like play, are "autotelic." Kurt Vonnegut might sit at his typewriter and let other parts of consciousness take over, and be amazed at what comes out.
The remarkable comedian Robin Williams commented on his gift: "When it works it's like . . . freedom! Suddenly these things are coming out of you. You're in control, but you're not. The characters are coming through you. Even when I'm going "Whoa!" It's that Zen lock. It's channeling with Call Waiting." (Corliss 1987)]
“There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.” -William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist (1811-1863) [and see Mozart & Guston]
CREATIVITY is the engine of self-discovery: the DEVELOPMENT of a sense of SELF is a key NEED that must be met for the fullest expression of our FITNESS as organisms [MORE on CREATIVITY]
Keats once said that he "not been aware of the beauty of some thought or expression until after I had composed and written it down" (cited by Tyrrell, 1946). "Flannery O'Conner, like E.M. Forster, said "I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say," (cited by Lederman 1983). Indeed, writers are often unaware of precisely what they will write until it is actually written (Sekular, 1985). Donald Murray (1978) defines writing as “the process of using language to discover meaning in experience and to communicate it” (p86).
Hayes, R. Brian (2002) What kind of evidence is it that Evidence-Based Medicine advocates want health care providers and consumers to pay attention to? BMC Health Serv Res. 2002; 2: 3. Published online 2002 March 6. - http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/2/3
Murray, Donald M. (1978) Internal Revision: A Process of Discovery. In Research on Composing. (Charles R. Cooper and Lee Odell, editors). National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, Illinois. p. 85-103.