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A lot has been written about the subject but I want to take part on the discussion as well. I'm here to talk about creativity.

Yesterday I received a one of a kind feedback. A simple question. Some months ago I started a new project: Rules of Being Creative. It's not finished yet, but you can take a look at it at my gallery.

Rules of Being Creative is a study of my own methods in delivering a message. When I'm finished, I think it will be worthy a semantic study as well (maybe I'll write a book about it, one more to the pile of "how to be creative").

Rule #1 is to break your own rules. But someone asked me: Why make rules if you're going to break them? It seems a suitable question, right? But then, why live if you're going to die?

Maybe rules aren't the right word. Or maybe we should change our way of thinking. Creativity has no rules, and yet could have an infinity of steps to follow.

What is creativity? I'll not search for a Wikipedia definition or look into a dictionary. Would they really answer me? I prefer to look inside. Creativity is the association of ideas. Mere thought. And where do ideas come from? It can be from movies, books, experiences. But maybe, just maybe, the most powerful are the ones we decompose, the ones we break and reconstruct. Lego is a perfect metaphor in what regards to the brain. It not only picks fragmented pieces (redundant or maybe not) of reality but it also combines them to create new worlds.

We evolve. We're not the same as we were yesterday and certainly our life tomorrow will be a bit different than it is today. And rules will follow. Or else slavery and death penalty would still exist, homosexuals will never marry and women will never be considered entirely equal to men.

We need to change the question. Why follow rules if we don't challenge them?


Originally posted at designing dreams:…
  • Listening to: Shaaman - Fairytale
  • Reading: JosÚ Saramago
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Your journal immediately made me think of "honour thy error as a hidden intention" from Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt's Oblique Strategies cards.

I absolutely agree with you saying that we need rules to create something (I especially thrive on rules and restricted word-counts when it comes to writing); we do need a framework in order to create something. And I also agree that if we never tried to bend those rules, art would stagnate.
BlackLuna Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly! That was what I was trying to say. I didn't know that saying but I'll certainly search for those strategy cards.

On another completely different note: I didn't forget to write you the e-mail I promised. ;)
SCFrankles Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I've never seen the cards in real life, only heard about them but here is the Wikipedia entry if you're interested in finding out more: [link] . (There's another quotation I've been wracking my brain trying to remember - something about when you create something new it can feel like a mistake at first. Can't remember who said it and can't remember the exact wording ^^")

I await your email with interest ^_^
BlackLuna Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm reading it as I write. :)

I've heard about that quotation as well. Some pieces of art really are born from mistakes. There's one artist, a painter, that created something entirely new just because a bit of ink went to the wrong place. I can't find who the artist is (I just remember it's a woman) or where I heard about her. But in my search I found this: [link]. :D

I've sent the e-mail! :w00t:
SCFrankles Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Email received and reply sent! :D

That's an interesting and inspiring article you found. I'm not sure I use "mistakes" so much in my writing but sometimes somebody will compliment me on something that I haven't consciously put into a story. The reader has found a meaning that I haven't even thought about.
BlackLuna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That what's amazing about any kind of art. Discovering new meanings and not the only ones we put effort on. It's also good to receive that kind of feedback because we sew a new world on our own art. Someone said we have a universe in our heart and that only can be true.

Also, Banksy use rats in most of his urban art. Someone told him: you're very clever, rat is an anagram for art! Banksy replied: I didn't even thought about it! haha

I'm going to read your e-mail now. :D
SCFrankles Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Bit of a late addition to this conversation but I've come across another relevant quotation:

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." Scott Adams
BlackLuna Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That one is really good. Thank you for sharing. :D
Gokiyono Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"We need to change the question. Why follow rules if we don't challenge them?"
challenging and changing =/= breaking.

Or else slavery and death penalty would still exist
Both does still exist.

We need to change the question. Why follow rules if we don't challenge them?
Many people challenge rules. They're usually rapists, murders, thieves, etc.
BlackLuna Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Changing a rule is to eliminate it, recreate it (recreate means to break and to do again in a different perspective). Creating a new paradigm.

Yes, it still exists, but they are the exception and not the rule. They're considered wrong when once they were a normal behaviour.

I'm not talking about society rules. But creative rules. And even in society we need to change some of our rules. People like Jacques Fresco, Banksy, Lincoln broke the rules for the better.

If you still think that breaking isn't the word, let's bring the image of the Berlin wall. Or just change it for challenge.

Don't look always at the bad side of things. Break might be a negative word but we can accomplish great things with it.

If you want to change the world, if you want to open people's eyes you can't follow everyone else's road. You can't follow everyone else's rules. And at some point you'll see even your rules need to be adjusted, perfected. Some of them even eliminated.

But you still didn't answer me: don't we need rules to create something? And don't we need to challenge some of those rules to create something new?
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