Creativity is Combination

Uncategorized Nov 30, 2021
Here's a constructive way to think about creativity: it's the combining of familiar things in unfamiliar ways.
 
* Die Hard was a hostage story -- set in a high rise, of all places.
 
* Spiderman is a hero story -- except the hero's not an omnipotent adult but a vulnerable adolescent.
 
* Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a love story -- but the lovers can't remember they were once in love.
 
Take what you already know and add something that doesn't normally belong. That's a good first step. Another is to fill your head with whatever is interesting to you. That gives you a stew of stuff that can become pieces of your story.
 
Creativity is unusual combination. Thinking about it this way makes the task easier, more satisfying, and more successful, more often.
 
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