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Twilight Zone Creator Rod Serling on Where Good Ideas Come From

Posted on 27. Aug, 2012 by in The Biz

Twilight Zone Creator Rod Serling on Where Good Ideas Come From

“Ideas are born from what is smelled, heard, seen, experienced, felt, emotionalized.”

The questions of where good ideas come from,what inspiration is made ofwhy some people are more creative than others, and how we can optimize ourselves for creativity are perhaps as enduring as the act of creation itself.

In this short clip from the vintage TV specialWriting for TelevisionRod Serling, creator of the cult-classic The Twilight Zone, manages to articulate the combinatorial nature of creativity in a mere 64 seconds:

 

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Ideas come from the Earth. They come from every human experience that you’ve either witnessed or have heard about, translated into your brain in your own sense of dialogue, in your own language form. Ideas are born from what is smelled, heard, seen, experienced, felt, emotionalized. Ideas are probably in the air, like little tiny items of ozone.

 

(courtesy of Maria Popova)

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