I’ve been asked more than once this semester where my ideas come from, and I don’t know, so I Googled “Where do ideas come from?” After sifting through a lot of rubbish, I found this quote:
“What separates the creative from the not-so-creative isn’t so much the ability to come up with ideas but the ability to trust them, or to trust ourselves to realize them.”
Basically, everyone has ideas, creative people just have the nerve to run with them, see where they go. I wasn’t sure about this idea, since I discard a LOT of ideas, and it didn’t really say where said ideas come from, and found this:
“good hunches collide with other good hunches, sometimes creating big breakthroughs and innovations”
and this made much more sense to me. I get a lot of ideas while reading, a line or a concept or even just a word will trigger something, and I think that whatever it is must connect with something I’ve read or heard before and stored somewhere in my mind, and that forms the basis of the idea which then expands and evolves and mutates. That part happens quite naturally, the idea changes. I can’t come up with things when I think about them, only when I’m too busy to stop and write stuff down do I come up with ideas (this happens a lot while driving). According to the Big Bang Theory, this is called activating the superior colliculus of your brain, it engages the practical side of the mind, leaving the creative part to tick away on its own and generate plenty of ideas.