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Is it really okay to borrow creative ideas?

I talk and write often about borrowing ideas as a source for creative instigation. One CreativeBloc question wondered about this strategy, saying borrowing a creative idea doesn’t feel like creativity and doing it can weigh on one’s conscience. The attendee asked for some clarification.

First of all, it’s not as if I advocated stealing ideas (although I have advocated it in other settings)!

When I talk about borrowing creative ideas, it means consuming and reflecting on other inputs you can use to instigate new creative possibilities which are clearly your own.

Seven Ways to Borrow Creative Ideas with a Clear Conscience:

In each one of these creative instances, you’re looking for creative instigation - not for copyright infringement – as you borrow creative ideas you can form into your own new creative works.  – Mike Brown

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13 Responses to “7 Ways to Borrow Creative Ideas with a Clear Conscience”

  1. Alex says:

    Love the pic. I need one of those!

  2. tannerc says:

    “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent.” – Jim Jarmusch

    • Anonymous says:

      Great quote Tanner! Reminds me of a J.D. Salinger quote on literary influences:

      “A writer, when he’s asked to discuss his craft, ought to get up and call out in a loud voice just the names of the writers he loves.”

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