Monday, October 10, 2011

Creativity is connecting things

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people."
- Steve Jobs

I am not an Apple fan per se; that is I don't identify with them and I don't own an iPhone (but I do have an iPod). But with the untimely passing of Steve Jobs, there are lots of examples of his legacy going around, and this one is particularly wonderful. It applies well to both design and writing.

Certainly as I continue writing and get better, and continue reading with a critical eye, I keep adding on what I already know. I also add new tricks I learn either by reading or critique. And sometimes, I do feel downright guilty--like a mimic, like I haven't come up with anything original at all--only watched and studied and mimicked others and applied what they've done in my own way.

But I do like his last line, that we think about it more. I think that's true.

What do you think? Does this quote resonate with you?

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