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Creativity Isn’t Magic

Categories: Craft & Technique, General.

Building on a guest post earlier this week by Todd Henry, I wanted to share a recent discovery, Everything Is a Remix. I particularly love part 3, which starts out by saying this:

The act of creation is surrounded by a fog of myths—myths that creativity comes via inspiration, that original creations break the mold, that they’re the products of geniuses and appear as quickly as electricity can heat a filament. But creativity isn’t magic. It happens by applying ordinary tools of thought to existing materials. And the soil from which we grow our creations is something we scorn and misunderstand even though it gives us so much … And that is copying.

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