In My Mind's EyeI like to think I do indeed have an above average amount of creativity in my thoughts. Yet we're so inundated with our own influences, so indoctrinated with others' works, how is it possible to be completely original? Well, honestly, I think it's rather impossible. And by that, wholly possible. What I mean is, there may be a few, outlier examples, but for the most part, everything is drawn on the past, whether it be homage, reworking, remaking, or outright stealing. The creative part comes from making your influences, your inspirations, twisted and tweaked as to be seen in a new light- to make it an acknowledged tribute to your predecessors, and still a testament of your own creativity and originality, and, in a sense, doing your inspiration proud.
"When writing, always strive for originality. But if you have to steal, steal from the best." -Quote from Woody Allen's character in Mighty Aphrodite.
Reading this back, this sounded a lot better in my head and less muddled. Such is my brain. Much respect if you can decipher any kind of greater meaning from this :)