Searching for the creative process is a fallacy. There is no one process. There are processes.
It is easy to hear about a creative's process if said creative is a newbie. Newbies tend to have time to talk about their process. Veteran creatives are busy. Access to them is tough as well.
I don't think veteran creatives are secretive about their process. A good creative knows that the best thing to do to an idea is to expose it to the world. I think veteran creatives don't have a medium to share their knowledge and process. Youtube videos, blog posts etc take a lot of time and effort to produce.
Creating a medium is a full time job in and of itself.
I am a big fan of podcasts. I listen to them often. Today I discovered Andrew Bird in a podcast called Song Exploder. Andrew Bird talked about his creative process in producing the song Roma Fade. Since listening to this episode, I am hooked on the lifting rythm, the combination of whistling and violin, and Andrew Bird's melodic voice. I have plugged in my reference headphones and I am listening to the song on repeat.
I read somewhere that people stop discovering new music in their 30's. I think we need better mediums where discoveries can happen.
TV is no longer that medium.
Coffee shops are dead.
Books will always rule.
Podcasts are the next best thing.
I am happy that a creative's process became a little more accessible today.