Book Quote (12/30/12)

How do you get creative ideas? How do you find your next idea for a writing project, painting, or song? In chapter 9 ofStephen Altrogge’s Create: Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Stuff, he describes his philosophy on creative seeding.

My creative philosophy can be boiled down to one sentence: Take in a lot, put out a lot, throw away a lot. (Kindle location 635/724)

You can’t expect to have many creative ideas if you’re not constantly exposing yourself to the creative ideas of others. We need the winds of fresh ideas constantly blowing through our brains. We need constant exposure to the creative ideas of other people. Our brains don’t constantly generate ideas on their own. We need to be exposed to the creativity of others. (Kindle location 643/724)

What about you? Have you found that the ideas of others spark your own? Do you have examples of creative work that you’ve done which was inspired or kindled by your intake of the work of others? I’d love to hear about it.

I don’t know how regular this feature will be, but I thought I’d share some quotes from the books I’m reading. I present these with the understanding that I do not necessarily endorse all of an author’s positions in this particular book or in his/her writing in general. These are quotes which I found interesting, provocative, well-written, or worthy of sharing in some other way.


Full disclosure: the links to Amazon.com in this blog post are affiliate links, meaning that I get a small percentage of any purchase you make on Amazon if you make that purchase after clicking through one of these links.

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