Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Rants From the Right Side - Guest- Miss Y

Ever wonder what happens to the ideas that don't make it?

And I'm not talking about the ones you knew never had a chance. More like the ones you'll describe over and over again to whoever shows a glimmer of interest because they sound so damn good. The ones that make time fly as you work on them because, for a change, they're fun and you can't wait to see them out of your head and materialized.

It really doesn't matter how it's done (painfully slow and or heartlessly fast)... good ideas are killed all the time. I'll be the first to admit that I don't accept the death of my (good) ideas easily. But I'm not one to force an idea where it just doesn't work. I'll give it the funeral it deserves and bury it in my own personal idea graveyard.

Some time later, in a brainstorming session turned séance, something will bring that idea back from the dead. A word, smell, image, expression... anything... It’ll just fall into place as if this was the situation it was made for and you just happened to have thought it up too early. You’ll be racking your brain for an idea and coming up blank. Then suddenly somewhere in the recesses of the mind you’ll stumble over it. And there’s no shame in bringing it out to the open again. It doesn’t make you less creative for not coming up with a brand-spanking-new idea. You just found the right time to use it.

(Your idea can also come back to life in someone else’s head. It’s not your idea anymore. It’s gone through their mind and morphed into a new idea. It might have been planted there by you in that discussion you had way back when. Ok. Don’t know where that’s going, I’m just rambling)

Anyway just felt like writing and there was that idea we talked about before so I tried to write about that.


Anonymous Spoon said...

Interesting post Y, and nice name!!
Ronald Burt makes a couple of interesting points that compliment your last point "Your idea can also come back to life in someone else’s head. It’s not your idea anymore. It’s gone through their mind and morphed into a new idea."

He points out that creativity is an import-export game...anyhow look him up!

6:36 PM  
Blogger X said...

Spoon despite the fact that the blog you happen to be stealing from actually may come off as encouraging such behaviour, It also tends to offer credit the people behind the ideas. Tsu tsu tsu...spoon are u trying to impress my guest?

7:06 PM  
Anonymous farrukh: copywriter & journalist said...

And then there are people who trash an idea in meeting 1, and present it as 'their' idea in meeting 2, or sometimes, in the same meeting after rephrasing it. They usually happen to be at a higher post than the one who gave the idea first. The rambling part of the post actually made more sense to me, X ;-)

1:06 AM  
Blogger X said...

Farrukh, good to have you on...and yeah I definetly hear ya. It is unfortunate, but I think it was Picasso that said all children are born creative, thing is, as we get older we grow out of being creative...hmmmm

On a seperate note, just to clarify to everyone, Miss Y is not my alias, or my alter ego...Miss Y is actually a really talented junior creative...a seperate and superior entity to X...

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Annoying, Frustrating, Unexplainable & Inexplicable - and sometimes even a little embarrassing.

But extremely necessary because simply some ideas are just shit.


2:32 PM  
Anonymous The the said...

oh hello there, we have a stray client....u must be lost u cute little thing.

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Spoon said...

Talent immitates genius steals!!

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you referring to me by any chance 'the the'?


6:25 PM  
Anonymous Cherry said...

Loved your post Y!

3:22 PM  

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