There is this video on John Baldessari and he says there's three things a young artist should know. I couldn't get the second one because I could not figure out the sentence. Take a look at it:

You have to be possessed which you can't will

If one wants to see the tip in context, it appears at 4:58 in this 5:54 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU7V4GyEuXA

Many thanks!

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In that sentence, the verb will is used with the sense “To choose to (do something), used to express intention but without any temporal connotations (+ bare infinitive)”. That is, while one might wish to be possessed (that is to say, under the influence of powerful emotions), typically one cannot be possessed just by deciding to be so.

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