Let’s take the creative building blocks from our previous post and examine them. Think of these as the wooden blocks your grandparents let you play with whenever you visited their house on the weekend. You can put the blocks together any way you want. There are endless possibilities!
Say you put the blocks back together the way you found them. Most people do this on a daily basis, in fact ALL people do this when they use logic. Blocks go together to form shapes that are familiar and reality sets in. Or you can be that person that says, "what if?" Take a block of reality and switch it with one nextdoor. All of a sudden you have something new!
You've created an entire new thing based on the reality you started with but with a twist! It may look similar but it's still different. It's like going to the soda fountain instead of saying “I want Coca-Cola” suddenly going beyond and saying, “I want Coca-Cola, AND Dr Pepper!” Some people say this is gross! But you like it. You took the building blocks of generic single pop brands that normally stand alone and mixed two of them or rearranged them. You weren't being gross, you were being creative! You can mix all of the pops together in one drink or sample a select few. Each time you get a different and new result.
Originality is often associated with creativity because when we rearrange things what we see appears different, new, or original. The important thing to remember is this: at its core creativity is ordinary things put together in an unordinary fashion.
- Mark Baral, 2018