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