"Desire is the key to motivation." (Mario Andretti)
Desire is more than a wish--it's a craving. When the artist has the feeling that the work at hand is worthwhile in and for its own sake--and temporarily safe from negative input or jaded critique--then the artist simply craves the work for its own sake. This state of desire often requires the self-delusion and iconoclasm that isolation provides. It's in private times that the tender shoots of desire appear and flourish. And while desire may prime starting, starting also primes desire.