How Stealing Content Can Boost Your Creativity?

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For those who are stuck at the beginning.

Every struggling artist got one question for every successful one.

How do you get your ideas?

The most honest answer to this would be

I steal them

You have heard the saying

Good artist copy, great artist steal
Bad artist defaces what he takes, where
Good artist make it into something better,
or at least something different

Writers are paid to feature what’s new and significant going in the market. Envision the number of views an article would get if that it was titled: ‘Here’s the nth case of a Chinese firm duplicating what’s working in the west’

Besides this, copying others’ ideas will not make you next Stephen King or J.K. Rowling. But stealing content can certainly provide you a kickstart which you need to awaken the artist in you.

When Ernest Hemingway was starting his writing career, he used to type out complete sections of books by authors he admired just to get an experience of the flow and rhythm in their writing

When I was working my first job as a freelance writer for a nearby newspaper, I would read at least ten articles I could find on the internet.

After that carefully study each one, taking notes and asking, “why did the writer say this here? What’s the motive of this sentence? How does this word take the article forward?” Every time I start a new writing assignment, I read something that I admire to inspire and motivate me

“The ugly fact is books are made out of books.” There is not anything new under the sun. The question, then, is which books are you going to make yours out of? And how are you going to turn them into something better (or at the least something different)?

Stealing Content ≠ Plagiarism

You start out as phony and become real

—Glenn O’Brien

Stealing content does not mean to take credit for others’ work. But just taking the ideas behind those work to create something new of your own.

And for that, if you need to copy in the beginning, so be it.

You may be hesitating to start. That is common. There’s this genuine thing that spins out of control in educated individuals. It’s known as “impostor disorder.” The clinical definition is a “psychological phenomenon in which individuals can’t internalize their achievements.” It implies that you feel like a fake, similar to you’re simply making things up along the way, that you truly don’t have any idea what you’re doing. Think about it: None of us do. Ask anyone doing really creative work, and they’ll come clean with you: They don’t have the foggiest idea where the great stuff originates from. They simply show up and do their thing. Consistently.

So, Start Stealing.

“Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy,you will find your self.”

—Yohji Yamamoto

No one is born with a style or a voice. You didn’t even know that you are human right from your birth what to speak of the writer. Initially, we learn by copying our parents. We learn by imitating.

One of the good flaws of human beings is that we’re incapable of creating perfect copies. And our this failure to copy lead us to discover where our very own artist lives. That is how we evolve.

As Salvador Dalí stated,

“The individuals who would prefer not to copy anything, produce nothing.

Salvador Dalí

So if you got stuck in the writing, just go and copy your favorites—your favorites writers, authors, journalist, poets, etc.

The essayist Wilson Mizner said if you copy from one writer, it’s a copyright infringement, however, in the event that you copy from many, it’s research

“If you have only one individual you admire, everybody will say you’re the next whoever. But if you rip off a hundred people, everybody will say you are so original!”

What to Steal?

What to steal is somewhat trickier. Don’t simply copy the text and style. Try to steal the thinking behind the style. After all, what will be the point of having the same story by two people?

The objective to duplicate your favorite writers and their style is that you may, one way or another get a look into their brains. That is the thing that you truly need—to understand their perspective on the world. If you simply imitate the outside of someone’s work without understanding their point of view, then your work would not be more than a knockoff.

This article was inspired by Austin Kleon’s Steal Like A Artist. If you like this post, please make sure to buy his book by clicking here.

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