Wherein I Suggest Creativity is a Love Child
and other ramblings about copying vs inspiration
A month or so back, Sandra approached me with a new column idea for Raincoast Cottage. The idea was to create a dialogue around a topic creative people struggle with and document the conversation. She wanted to capture a conversation in real time, or as close as she could get it.
To achieve a level of intimacy, the conversation would occur over email—just between me and her. There was only one rule: you couldn’t read the response until you were ready to write back.
Using this method, we’d say things we wouldn’t necessarily have said had we spent time polishing our answers. She was aiming at capturing how we really felt. What we’d really say to one another.
I decided the concept fell somewhere in the land between terrifying and thrilling. Naturally, I was in.
Today, the conversation was published. Did I ramble? Yes. Did I steer the conversation in a totally different direction? Of course. Did I sometimes miss the point? You betcha. But I couldn’t be more pleased to have been a part of it. I’m looking forward to the next one.
Head on over to Raincoast Cottage to check it out and add your own thoughts on copying vs inspiration. You can catch an excerpt from the exchange below.