While meandering online I discovered a little book called “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon. One of my favorite quotes is by Francis Ford Coppola:
“We want you to take from us. We want you, at first, to steal from us, because you can’t steal. You will take what we give you and you will put it in your own voice and that’s how you will find your voice. And that’s how you begin. And then one day someone will steal from you.”
The book begins by asking the artist the question:
“Where do you get your ideas?”
And goes on to say that the nonest artist answers,
“I steal them.”
When I was in my PhD program at Argosy one of my professors stated there are no longer original ideas, there are only our interpretation of what has already been said or done.