There’s a Creative Confidence Killer roaming the streets and it’s our job to make creativity great again. Sometimes it’s heard in the voice of a critic, the roar of Twitter, or even just the lil whisper in the back of your brain – this isn’t original.
.. and we’re here to make creativity great again!
This has been done before.
This is just a rip-off of something else.
This isn’t new.
There’s a lot of inaccurate expectations of artists, designers, and other creative thinkers to come up with something wholly original as opposed to something truly creative. Ever made something that you’re proud of, posted it online, and been met with a hundred angry comments that you’ve copied someone else?
Who else has had the most amazing concept or idea, a real 3:00am lightbulb moment, only to hop on Google and realise it’s already been done? And then, there’s the nasty surprise at the end of several weeks-worth of hard work; the dreaded P word – plagiarism.
Art is supposed to be a conversation, but with so much at stake, it’s very easy to just give up on creative thinking altogether and wait for someone else to change the world as we know it.
But what do we say to the death of creative confidence? Not today!
Here are some very good reasons to carry on:
1. Nothing and no one is original.
Nope, no one. Shakespeare?
Scouters, the OG Google Glass of Dragon Ball Z.
Totally inspired by Blue Comet SPT Layzner.
Anything that anyone has ever produced has been mixed, matched, and rehashed from their environment, their influences, and their purpose. The difference between being influenced by something and plagiarism is respect for the artist; you’re writing a nod or a love letter to the genre, not passing off someone else’s ideas as your own. So how else can we make creativity great again…
2. Being influenced by something doesn’t devalue what you’ve done.
A tonne of people believe that there are only seven original stories in the world and they’re just told in a million different ways.
With this in mind, creative people understand the need to take things and recreate them for different purposes, settings, and audiences. The best story ever told might exist, but it was written a long time ago in a land far, far away. It has no stake in or relevance to today’s culture.
Someone else might have had the idea first, but it’s up to you to do it better. You’re a person who is alive in a world that has never existed before. Your creative voice is just as important as the creative thinkers who inspired you, and the creative thinkers who inspired them, and the creative thinkers who inspired them…
3. You’re on the right track.
You’re many levels deep in a dungeon and you happen across a room full to the brim with health, ammo, and a handy little save point. What does this mean? It means you know for a fact there’s a boss up ahead.
It’s the same with creative thinking; inspiration has struck you for a reason. No one creates things just for the sake of it; it’s to overcome a problem. The problem could just be a need for relaxation, so you create to relax, or it could be a very real obstacle that you need overcome, like an impossible brief. The fact that people with similar ideas to you exist is a good thing – it means there’s already a dialogue (and a market) for it.
Here at make it pop, we’ve seen a heck of a lot of people use their own personal environments, influences, and goals to come up with some ridiculously creative responses to our card game, both alone and as part of our workshops. With practice, you can learn to use creative thinking to draw from your experiences and solve problems you even didn’t know you could solve.
Just like other creative thinkers, you’ve been a sponge your whole life. Time to squeeze ya and see what comes out.
Try make it pop here and remember to make creativity great again!
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