Where Do Creative Ideas Come From?

Check out this insightful post from the Painting With Light blog on the origin of creative ideas.

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Okay, you say, I’ll bite … where do great ideas come from?

The answer might surprise you.

In Paul McCartney’s biography, he shared this secret: “… John often had just the first verse which was always enough. It was the direction … the signpost … the inspiration for the whole song. I hate the word, but it was the template.”

In other words, the most successful rock band in history, The Beatles, used a formula to create blockbuster songs. They’re not the only ones. Many artists, songwriters and authors … yes, authors, use templates of some form.

For instance, Agatha Christie, one of the best-selling authors ever, wrote over 60 novels by using a template to help structure her thinking in a way that made her more creative.

We tend to think of inventors like this as another species … geniuses … who have sudden flashes of…

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2 thoughts on “Where Do Creative Ideas Come From?

  1. Pingback: Where Do Creative Ideas Come From? — Don Massenzio’s Blog – sisirblog

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